In-Step

 Every day I attempt to walk the puppy. And every day it’s a gaggle of new problems. He still pulls on the leash, he still stops and watches every person that goes by, he still nips at my heels. I would love to tell you I am training this dog well, but I’m not sure that is the case. He is so cute, and so naughty at the same time. But each day I continue to walk him. Knowing that at some point he will figure this out. 

I have noticed something over the last several weeks, there is one person in the house he walks best with. She doesn’t even hold the leash, in fact she holds the other dog and walks in front. Her step is very steady. Her pace is always the same, she is never distracted, never frustrated, never stops. She keeps a quiet, continuous pace as we walk along. Surprisingly, the puppy follows her. He actually walks right behind her and gets in step with her pace. Her steady rhythm urges him to follow. Her even pace keeps his attention yet provides enough stimulation that he diligently follows along. I watched this today. As I frustratingly tried to manage the dog, I noticed how well he followed her, how much he wanted to be right behind her and that he did not nip at her heels, instead he got in line. Was it her steady rhythm? Was it her encouraging words? Was it her steadfastness? I’m not sure but I’m guessing it’s a combination of those things. Calm, steady, constant. Adjectives I probably wouldn’t put in my top 10  that I possess. 

But I’m glad God does. I’m so glad that in my bad moments, or in times I get distracted or act naughty, that God keeps a steady, calm yet encouraging pace. He softly and consistently guides me in the right direction. Very often I lose my focus and he gently gets me back on track. He keeps me in step. Psalm 32:8 states “the Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” I can’t imagine how disorganized and chaotic the path would be if I tried to be in charge. I would take a lot of wrong turns. Thankfully God promises to be my guide each step of the way. And He promises to be yours as well. 

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