2016-07-26 - Leashes
During Richard's serious illness, I have kept our spunky dog Shiloh on a leash 90% of the time, even in our own yard, if she's nearing the road or the cat's prowling grounds. "It's for her own good." She enjoys running freely, and we get joy from her joy - but she can run faster than me, and by the time I would catch her, she could be hurt by a car, attacked by a larger dog etc. So for the time being, she's getting used to the leash. I use it to protect her from harm.
In the same way, sometimes God has to put leashes on us. We may be making plans, but suddenly an immoveable roadblock is put in our path. Perhaps we are highly qualified for a job, but someone who is related to the boss gets the position. We are planning to go on a vacation, but there is a transit strike in that country. I'm sure we could all think of both hypothetical and real examples. Sometimes God has to put us on a leash, to protect us from events or people who could harm us - and perhaps sometimes, He even protects us from ourselves.
Just remember, when God puts you on a leash, it may seem restrictive, but as Paul reminded us in Romans 8:28:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.