Sunday, July 11, 2010

Delusions of control

The two big dogs were leashed together waiting anxiously at the front door.
The puppy, Zach, displaying uncanny Bible memorization ("and a little child shall lead them" Isaiah 11:6) grabbed hold of the leash and began dragging Lucky and Honeybun around the room.
The big dogs certainly had the strength and the teeth to resist, but they did not. They let the sassy puppy lead them across the living room. Zach, meanwhile, thought he was calling all the shots and he was quite pleased with himself. He zigged and he zagged, tugging the leash in his mouth and the long suffering big dogs hung their heads and let him drag them. I watched, amazed that neither of the older dogs swatted him , or snarled, or reprimanded him at all for his youthful arrogance. Either one of them could easily have killed the little whippersnapper with one snap of their jaws, but instead they mutely let him think he was the one in control.

It was funny, but it made me think of how often I make the same error. The One who has all the power in the universe lets me think I hold my destiny in my hand, if I am just smart enough, or righteous enough, or diligent and patient enough. But I am just a puppy tugging the leash of Heaven at His whim, and for whatever reason, He doesn't squash me like a mosquito.

2 Chronicles 13:12
12 God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed."

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