Max, a boxer cross, was a typical puppy.
Puppies wander here and there, noses to the ground, eyes playfully following a butterfly—unaware of anything but what’s in front of their nose at the moment.
Max would be a large dog, but as a puppy he was a stumbling, rolling, mess of way-too-big puppy feet and flopping ears. When he heard his owner call his name, he sometimes turned slightly, but he kept going his own way in the end. Max was his own dog.
Unfortunately, Max’s owner thought his disobedience was “cute.” Other than a half-hearted attempt to make him come when called, Max’s puppy-will was never thwarted. One day, Max once again ignored the mundane while following a delicious scent. But reality interposed sharply in the form of a blaring horn and screeching tires. Max’s young life was saved by the observant driver, but a bumper tap on his tail was a wake-up call for the puppy’s owner.
The Bible says we’ve all gone astray like sheep . . . like puppies. Sheep are famous for wandering, but they have nothing on a distracted puppy. Astray is their normal course of action—and ours too.
When we direct our own paths, we follow numerous rabbit trails. Wandering around on our own seems fine until we happen upon an impossible situation. Then we have to decide where we will turn. Trying different helps, while enjoying the supposed freedom of a self-directed life, may be common, but they’re directionless in the end. Only God can rightly direct our paths.
If you’ve followed a wayward path that has led to close calls and bumps, give God’s direction a try. He promises to guide you across the most treacherous streets.
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