Our family has three dogs. Two, Oreo and Jay have been with us for years. The third, is a rescue and is still less than a year old. Blue is his name. Not my choice of names but, here we are. The daughter who rescued him had first dibbs.
He is solid black except for a few tan spots. I have fallen in love with the guy. We have a strong bond and I watch him closer than the others because he is younger.
Therein lies the problem.
When I take him out either early in the morning or late at night it is dark. If he has been in his crate for some time he has a lot of energy built up, pent up if you will.
Once I let him out he takes off before I can settle him and he sprints and then as I am trying to catch up to him he “bounds” into the darkness of our yard and I can no longer see him. I know he is there but I can not protect him because I can not see him. He is outside my protective area.
I call for him. I whistle. I clap. I get frustrated and throw a stick in the direction I think he is in. Then finally I call him with a tone in my voice where all of a sudden there is a black streak that goes by me and he is safely back where he should be.
We are like that at times. We have so much built up energy from a certain season in our life that when God opens up the crate we race out with no direction, no instruction and we move outside his light and we bound into the darkness.
We are there but just beyond the parameters of his intended boundaries for our lives.
God calls, he whistles, he claps, he throws a stick in our general direction, nothing. And then finally he allows the circumstances of life to be his voice when he says move out of the darkness and come back into the light where I can protect you and guide you.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” I Peter 2:9
Determine the safe boundaries God has set for your life and stay within a safe distance of His light.