“My dog, Sadie, has picked up very bad habits from the times when my kids’ dogs have visited us. Their dogs would dig under the fence and free themselves to explore the neighborhood. Sadie went along. Once she got that taste of freedom, she just wanted it more. More than once, I have rescued her from the pound. Unfortunately for her, she started digging into the neighbors yard, and found, not freedom, but a captivity much worse than her own yard. The neighbor’s yard contained no food or water. Needless to say, I often heard her barking at the fence, begging to come home. She was afraid to come back through her escape hole, so I had to go to the neighbor and ask them to open their gate. The next day, I came home again to find her in the neighbor’s yard. And again, I asked the neighbor to free her. It took her a few times to realize the grass was not greener in the neighbor’s yard, but now, with the help of an electric fence, she happily stays in her own yard.
As I struggle with Sadie’s bad habit, I realize how much like her we are. We often covet that which we do not have. Unfortunately, sometimes the lure of “something more” causes us seek it out. In the process, we find ourselves stuck and unable to get home thanks be to God, who loves us enough to seek us out and carry us back to the security of his love and care – as many times as it takes. In a world where “change” seems to be order of the day, let us find our hope in God, whose unconditional love for us is the same today as yesterday and will still be the same tomorrow.”
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