Christian women, Discernment

Sammy

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See this dog? His name is Sammy and he belongs to our next door neighbors. The way I know this is that Sammy frequently escapes from their yard and comes over to visit mine.

Sammy’s a good egg. He’s friendly and just looking to collect a few more buddies. He’s also dumb as a sack of hair and totally disobedient to his masters. He runs when they tell him to come. He stays in my yard when they tell him to go home.

A few days ago, I went for my regular power walk and Sammy happened to be out in his own front yard. I headed past his house for the pond where I usually walk, and soon noticed that he was following me. I turned and told him to go home. Sammy sneezed in protest and completely disregarded my instruction. OK, I thought, I’ll ignore him, he’ll get bored, and he’ll go back home. Problem solved.

Only it wasn’t. Sammy continued to follow me for the next half mile or so, far away from his home. I was worried he’d get lost on his way back. I was worried he’d get hit by a car on his way back. I was worried he’d never BE on his way back. I was also a little worried people would think this hare-brained dog was mine and yell at me when he explored their flower beds.

Finally, a little farther down the road, I turned around and Sammy had disappeared. He must have made it back home all right because he’s still getting loose and visiting my house pretty regularly.

Sammy reminds me of a lot of Christian women these days. They have a Master – Christ – who loves them, provides for them, cares for them, and has adopted them into His family. And because Christ loves them, He has put up the fence of His word and His precepts to keep them safe and protected- to give them a place where they can flourish in Him.

But these “Sammys” refuse to be hemmed in, either because they’re ignorant of God’s word or they’re rebellious against it. All they know is that there are a million fun and exciting things on the other side of the fence. Things they feel like doing and experiencing.

And one day, when they’ve put a toe over the line by wandering around in the front yard instead of the back, a false master strolls by. She’s different. New. Shiny. A change of pace from the regular routine. This master isn’t Sammy’s real master. She doesn’t care for Sammy, keep her safe, provide for her, or make sure Sammy grows and flourishes. But this false master is exciting. She’s going to the pond Sammy has always wanted to visit. She doesn’t put up fences, get out the leash, or holler, “Come!” She lets Sammy do what Sammy wants to do. And she leads Sammy farther and farther away from her home with her true Master.

Some Sammys manage to find their way back home. Some get hit by cars along the way. But most just keep wandering from one false master to another, forgetting that their true Master never intended for them to end up a stray.

Go home, Sammy. Sit, and stay.

6 thoughts on “Sammy”

  1. What a great way to start my day! That illustration is too funny, but oh-so-true. Too many of us run out of the yard chasing after something that looks exciting, only to get run over by a car that we didn’t see or hear coming because we were too focused on the “experience.”

    I am truly blessed that I escaped with just a few bumps and bruises. But the experience taught me to stay in my yard—a yard with boundaries that are defined by God’s Word. There is nothing outside of those boundaries that is better than obeying my Master.

    “Sit, Leah. Stay. Good girl.” Oh yeah…I’m TOTALLY using that whenever I even think about wandering even to the edge of my yard.

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  2. Thank you dear Michelle! I used to be a Sammy. Ignorance was the slat in the fence through which I squeezed. Thankfully a semi ran over me and parked there!! Crawling out from underneath was excruciatingly messy and painful; but the Lord’s hand never withdrew, no matter how loose my grasp. The recovery-time was slow, but it is where I learned (and am still learning!) the absolutes of the TRUTH of the Gospel. The patience and the mercy of God is never ending for His beloved redeemed!

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