The little dog frenetically threaded himself through his owner’s legs and around his doggie friend. He hardly seemed to notice the surrounding plants, the smells of the morning, or the excitement of being out of the yard. The large dog walked sedately in a straight line. He was undistracted by the little dog, undisturbed by the traffic, and undaunted by the heat.
Dogs fall into clear categories on walks.
The Pullers -- The dogs whose entire goal on a walk is to take their person as fast and as far as they can.
The Jazzercizers – i.e. the little dog above.
The Sniffers – These puppies are content to wanderer linger at plant and fire hydrant searching for any whiff of previous visitors.
The Zig-Zaggers – Dogs that rush from one scenic smell to another as quickly as possible during their walks.
And the Amblers – like the large dog above.
God is my “dog-walker”. I wonder what kind of dog I am. Am I running ahead – pulling as hard I can? Am I running around frantically – glossing over everything that is meant to be enjoyed? Maybe I am hanging back – distracted by the past? Or possibly I am trying to pack in everything I want – while pretending to be focused on God’s plans?
I hope I am the Ambler. He is the big dog who could pull, but doesn’t. The energetic dog who could go in all different directions, but resists. The lazy dog who would love to just…not walk at all, but does anyway. And the self-consumed dog who chooses to put their walkers plans first. The Amblers are sensitive to the movements of their “Dog-Walker”, content to go at His speed and in the direction He desires. Wherever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants.
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.