Today's reflection is from, He Reads Truth: Lent 2016.
In John 10.4 & 7 Jesus says, "The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice," and "I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them."
This reminds me so much of my two dogs, Mr. Bojangles (Bo) & Foxy.
We adopted Bo from a shelter when he was about 5 months old. Foxy we rescued from a construction lot in Nashville. Her owners moved away and left her behind. She lived on the street about 2 weeks before we took her in.
Bo is independent. He is headstrong and stubborn. Foxy is a little 9 pound snuggle bug. She looks exactly like a lamb or llama. She will sit in your lap FOREVER and lick your hand until you pet her. If Bo and Foxy are playing outside and I call for them to come in, then usually Foxy comes sprinting in the house, jumps up on my leg, and spins in circles. Bo on the other head is out sniffing, digging, looking for squirrels, or just exploring (We should have named him Christopher Columbus). Sometimes he doesn't come in because he's too distracted by a potential rodent. Sometimes he comes walking back in begrudgingly. And sometimes he comes sprinting in excited.
Bo and Foxy know my voice. They know when I'm upset with them. They know when I'm super excited and want to play with them, or when I want to cuddle with them.
Christ told the people that "the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice." Do I recognize the voice of God when he's speaking? Am I off in my own world exploring or distracted by the daily minutia? Am I excited when I hear His voice? Do I get upset with God when I don't feel like He's communicating with me or if He's not responding the way I want him to..?
My dogs more than just about anything love walks. If we get their leashes or say the word, "Walk" in a high-pitched voice, they lose their mind! I love taking my dogs on walks because they love it. It makes them happy. But I don't walk them 24 hours a day. They need rest. They need food. They need to stay inside the house while we're gone at work. They need limits. Those limits make their walks that much more enjoyable for them.
The Father loves "giving us walks." He knows what we love. He knows what's important to us. But more importantly, He knows what we need more than we do. It's up to us to trust Him and hear His voice.