Come Back, Now!
Annie, my 33-pound pit bull mix, and I had stopped at Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover, Alabama for our early morning rounds. The park was quiet and I let her off leash so she could run ahead of me as I walked on the track. The park was empty except for an older gentleman accompanied by his birddog.
I was enjoying the cold breeze against my face when I saw Annie take off after a (fortunately quicker) squirrel. Having treed the squirrel, Annie braced her front legs against the base of the tree barking an order for it to descend immediately.
By the time Annie realized squirrels are disobedient by nature, I was on the far stretch of the walking track leading to the side adjacent to the road. Annie finally caught up and we walked side-by-side for just a little while before she took off again. My mind momentarily wandered elsewhere and when I redirected my focus to Annie, she was nowhere to be found. Then, I cast my gaze past the fence on the road and there Annie was, standing in the middle of the road, obviously believing she was an immovable force.
Come back, now! I urgently yelled at her while a picture of a flattened Annie flashed in my mind’s eye. After a bewildered look passed over her face, Annie came running to me. I was greatly relieved because there is a curve in that road not far from where Annie was standing.
I was reminded of God’s great love for us and His urgent desire for our repentance and return to Him. We don’t know what dangers are just around the corner from us, but we do know God is always there longing for us to return to Him.
Acts 3:19
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Copyright January 21, 2016
herron, stream beside Loch Haven Dog Park, Hoover, Alabama, dogdevotionals.com, Acts 3:19