Grab the leash

August 31, 2023 by  
Filed under Faith, Faith Articles

By Lisa Buffaloe  

“And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones…” (Isaiah 58:11 NAS).

Our little dog can’t wait to get out for his evening walk. He doesn’t care where he’s going—he just wants to get there as fast as possible. Pulling against his leash, he coughs and hacks his way down the sidewalk. Pull…cough….tug…. hack…. the pressure continues as he sniffs, paws, and explores the world.

Our dog has a love/hate relationship with his leash. He loves the walk but would prefer to run free. He doesn’t realize that his leash is not for punishment. He does not know the way. He thinks every dog will be his friend, not realizing he is but an appetizer for a big dog. He doesn’t realize a pleasant pace can be had without pressure if he will just stay close. His training will continue until he learns to walk at a pace with his master while we gently lead him safely to his destination.

I’m as guilty as the dog. Thinking I knew the best plan, I’ve plowed ahead and then wondered; why on earth I was struggling and running into all kinds of problems and difficulties? Or, I’ve complained about the unbearable pressure of life’s pace, begging God to give me extra slack so I could go play. “Come on God…pull, let’s go… cough, wheeze.”

An intimate relationship with God gives us direction in our daily walk without angst or worry. Fluidity in our lives comes by knowing God’s word and His character. Constant guidance comes from consistent contact. God knows the safest paths.

The Psalmist tells us … “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong, because the LORD is the One who holds his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24 NAS).

God is intimately acquainted with our ways. He is a loving Father who knows the best way to bring us safely home. Trust Him, relax, and enjoy the journey.

You couldn’t be in better Hands.

"If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that he is mighty enough to light your path?" (1) 

(1) Lucado, Max ; Gibbs, Terri A.: Grace for the Moment : Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year. Nashville, Tenn. : J. Countryman, 2000, S. 65


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