“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:4-5 NASB
“Become intimate with Him in whatever you do and He will lead you wherever you go.” v. 5 TPT
When walking a dog, you shorten the lead when you want to gain more control. The longer the lead, the more freedom for the dog to do whatever he wants. The freedom of a longer lead seems like the desired choice. More freedom is what the world says we deserve. But, I know all too well when my freedom to choose has landed me in a bad spot.
I love verse 6 of this scripture from The Passion Translation. Being intimate with God is a close and knowing posture. There is pure love there and not restriction in a negative sense. But rather, by trusting God completely I know His best for me will supercede anything I could come up with or desire. I have known the joy that comes from a powerful dog in complete obedience to my command. I wanted the best for my dog. I wanted his mind at ease and not in chaos with all the stimulants of sight and smell. I wanted a peaceful and enjoyable walk with him. Such strength and safety came out of that companionship. This is a beautiful picture of the kind of strength and companionship I desire with God.
Lord, Thank you for the path of humility you have led me on. The more control I give you, the more peace I have. I trust you Lord. Guide me and strengthen me as I lean on your wisdom and plan for my life. Bring me in closer to your heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.