As my Dad and I hike with Adi, he’ll every now and then express his pleasure at how she stays so close- rarely beyond eyesight, most often by our side. Contrast this to the hikes of my childhood with our Brittany Spaniel. As soon as the leash was unclipped, our Brittany shot off into the woods only to be seen as a passing streak. She ranged out of sight but always within earshot of my father’s whistle. Our interaction with her was limited. Adi choses a much more companionable range.
As I compared my hiking experiences with these two dogs, I realized how often my ranging with the Lord looks more like our Spaniel’s than my Lab’s. I’m good at beginning and ending my day with the Lord but struggle to stay within a companionable proximity during it. As our Spaniel was swept away by the drive to find and flush birds, I’m swept away with the busyness of motherhood and teaching. I found myself asking, “How Lord? How can I walk closer to You throughout the day?” As I wrestled with this, scraps of a verse kept tumbling through my mind- pray always, give thanks.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. . .”1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18a
Lord, may my prayers of praise and gratitude keep me in close proximity to You as I walk each step of the day, Amen.
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