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"Junebug! Come here now!"
Our Mini-Australian Shepherd froze for a second, her eyes dancing back and forth between a tiny kitten and me in torn confusion.
Although annoyed with Junebug, I sympathized with her plight. She was born to herd, a job she took seriously when we operated a rare-breed pig farm years ago. Since the pig farm folded, she and her daughter found themselves needing to be content with herding our free-range chickens, ducks and barn cats. So, when an area cat showed up on our front porch recently and delivered 5 kittens, the opportunity to keep the kittens within their "porch territory" was too much to pass up.
The problem with this opportunity is that although these kittens are not ours, we do need to find homes for them, and exploring the yard and its surroundings is a part of normal maturity. Another issue is that in preparation for other families, the kittens seemed to have become too comfortable with the dogs, losing a bit of awareness in regards to their natural survival instincts.
So, as I watched Junebug chasing the kitten who had gone "outside" the comfort zone of her territory, I knew that her desire to obey me and her strong herding instincts would clash dramatically, and there was little I could do but let her make her decision.
Isn't life like that for us? We hear God's voice calling us daily to follow His plan for our lives. Deep down, we really do want to obey, but sometimes the effect of concupiscence is rooted so deeply that we can find ourselves torn and confused as to which decision to make.
And God will never force His hand in our decision-making process.
For the good of our own souls, He waits, allowing us to respond in love to the unfathomable gift of His love that He breathes on us in every moment that comes to pass.
Each day we may find many of these "torn" moments. Today, let's try to recognize when they come our way, choosing to say no to our earthly baggage and yes to the God Who loves us beyond imagining!
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