Yesterday, I learned a great lesson from my dog, Toffee. We have run together since he was a puppy and we have our system down. In fact, he usually leads the way, knowing when to turn and which way. What I hadn’t realized is our running routes in the past have not had any stoplights.
Now if we want to take a shorter route, we need to cross a busy road. After I press the crosswalk button, I watch for the light to change. Toffee isn’t looking at the light though. He’s looking right up in my eyes, waiting for me to give him the signal when it is safe to cross. When I move, he starts to make a move for the street. If I hesitate, he turns back and looks me in the eye. This seemed so strange to me. Why isn’t he looking at the light, waiting for it to change so we can cross? Why is he just staring into my eyes?
Then it occurs to me, he can’t read the signs. He knows me though. He knows I’m his master. The one who will let him know when it is safe to cross and when he needs to wait.
Isn’t it like this with our Master, too? God can read the signs. He’s the one who lets us know when it is safe to cross and when it is time to wait. My job is to look into His eyes and wait on Him. Just like Toffee knows me and knows he can trust me. I want to spend time knowing God, experiencing opportunities to see He is my provider, protector and guide. There are signs all around me and I can misread them rushing ahead into danger. I want to keep my eyes on God’s eyes and wait for him to lead me.
Where are your eyes today? Are you looking at the signs around you trying to guess if it’s time to do something? What area of your life do you need to stop rushing ahead and look to God as your guide?
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
By Heather Larson, M.A.
Wife to Peter
Mom of three
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Associate Director of 10 Great Dates
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