Our children are teaching our puppy to ring a little bell that they’ve hung by the patio door when he wants to go out to potty. He’s caught on rather quickly which is both cute and practical. We have a long sprawling house, and it can be difficult for someone to see him sitting at the door or even to hear the tap on the door like our former dog, Strider did unless you are in the same room. We can hear the bell from all over the house so someone always gets there to take him out – quickly I might add.
The problem is, he’s learned that when he rings the bell, several people usually come running and he’s begun to use it to “summon his servants” – if you know what I mean. When he wants attention he simply rings his bell.
I was thinking about this the other day when I heard him ring the bell during my quiet time. It always makes me smile because it’s so cute, but beyond that I began to think about how I “summon” God.
While this is cute in a puppy, it certainly isn’t cute when it comes to our relationship with the Lord.
The Lord wants us to walk with Him constantly. He wants to be our companion.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21 KJV
Instead of walking along the way with Him, listening for his direction for each choice and decision, I’m often in the habit of running ahead on my own and “summoning” Him when I find myself in a situation I can’t handle, or when I’m lonely, or scared, or… you fill in the blank.
How about you? Are you walking with the Lord wherever you go, or are you summoning Him when you feel you need Him?
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