Dog in a Precarious Position

“Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5

My 14-year-old dancing beagle dog Dancer was in a precarious position. He had walked up the long ramp to the window ledge where he could carefully climb out the window as he always does to get to my large blessed New York City terrace, a rare commodity for a city apartment, but instead of making his way out onto the terrace, he perched his little self right at the top of the ramp unsure if he would try to go backward or forward. It was like he was stuck in place, and only inches away from a gap between the ramp and the window frame whereby he could easily have fallen. I had tried to come up with a good way to close the gap but needed the gap open so I myself could climb out when necessary to clean up the little dog area or sit outside for a while. Which way would Dancer go? Such a precarious position he was in. Stuck between going forward or backward, and far too close to going backward for comfort. I came to his rescue, and calamity was avoided.

Sometimes we ourselves find ourselves in precarious positions because we’re stuck between going forward and backward. The Lord has clearly called us forward to the next place, whether it be a new location, new job, new ministry work, new church, new neighborhood, new relationship, new Bible study, new endeavor, new dream, next step in our studies, next person to share the Gospel with, new chapter of our lives leaving an addiction behind, one new step or chapter or change or another. But we find ourselves stuck between going forward or backward. We find ourselves deliberating, debating, thinking, thinking, hesitating, maybe even rebelling, afraid to go forward, or resisting going forward because we don’t like the discomfort involved, or the risk we face, or the idea of change, etc., so we get stuck in place. Not going forward, and far too close to going backward. Sometimes God comes to our rescue and lovingly mercifully leads us forward. Other times He lets us fall backward some so we can learn some much needed lessons, face the consequences of our disobedience in refusing to go forward, etc.

So we find ourselves perched in place at the top of the ramp, as though we’re headed in the right direction but refusing to take that one big step out onto the terrace of the new location to which He is calling us.

Maybe you’re finding yourself in such a place right now. My dog Dancer if I recall looked back at me realizing he was in some sort of trouble, at some sort of risk. He knew I was his only hope. If you’re in a position right now in which you believe the Lord is calling you to move ahead in some way, but you’re hesitant to do so and find yourself therefore in a precarious position, look to the only hope. Look to the Lord, make sure you have heard Him clearly about how He is leading you forward, and ask Him for the wisdom, willingness, and strength to take the big step you’ve been holding back on taking.

Go with the Lord, friend, wherever He is leading you. To Him be the glory, Amen!

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