When we go to the Greenbelt we always walk in the same direction and stop at the same spots. Sampson loves to go there as do I. They’ve built a long bridge people can walk on that makes a loop so you can walk laps if you like. Sampson always sniffs the beginning of the bridge, every time we go, but I always redirect him to the paved path that runs next to the water. Part of the mission of walking is so he can do what doggies do. Don’t want that happening on the bridge. This morning, he sat down at the entrance to the bridge as if to say, “NO! I’m going that way. I want to go this way. I’m not moving unless we go this way. It’s what I want”. So ok. I gave in. I let him go.
For a while he was a happy guy then every few steps, he would turn and look at me as if to say, “I’m done with this. It’s boring. I have to you-know-what. I want to go back.” I’d coax him thinking in my mind, “I tried to tell you, you didn’t want to go to this way but this was your choice and we’re gonna finish it” and so we continued until he got off the bridge. He was jumping and happy, walking faster, obviously pleased to be back on the path where the grass, water and squirrels were.
Oh my isn’t that just like us! God has set us where we are, doing what we do but there’s sometimes a tug to go in a different direction. We want something different and want to go our own way. So we venture into a new place only to discover we want it like it used to be. The free will God’s given us means we can pretty much do whatever we want without ever consulting Him. We can also do what Sampson did, refuse to move on the path He’s shown us is the best one for us and insist on having what we want, when we want it. I’ve been there and like Sampson, I soon discovered it wasn’t what I thought it was and couldn’t wait to get off of it!
If you think it’s time for a change in direction, pray about it. Until that time, stay on the path God has you on and believe if changes are necessary that will be made clear. If you’re feeling restless and just want to change directions just because YOU want to, think about all that’s involved with that. Pray for contentment where you are (1st Timothy 6:6); it’s a wonderful thing. I’m learning going my own way isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.