just one step back . . .

I watched as a small terrier entangled himself in his leash at the outdoor table next to Tom and me one evening last week. He would walk around and round, and get in a position where he could not move. And then as if he knew what to do,  he would begin to walk in a circle of right direction and be almost free.

But alas, with only one more step to be untangled, he would go the wrong way!  He would look over at us–he was in my direct line of sight, and I would raise my hand and whisper “just take one step back, you almost have it, you can do this”  . . . His small ears would arch upward as if he understood exactly what I was trying to say–but then he would take another step–in the opposite direction.
This cycle seemed to go on for hours–really only about 30 minutes. Finally his owner who had seemingly ignored all this struggle, suddenly reached down to the small dog. Not only did she untangle the leash, she gently picked him up and held him close. Gratefully, he smothered her with wet dog kisses as he snuggled up close.
Oh, that is just like God, I thought. When I get cross ways, confused, mixed up with wrong thoughts and actions, he gently says to me–“just one step back–Barb–you can do it.”

How many times does he wait for me to find the right way back–I have no idea.  But I do know there are times when he reaches down and just picks me up and makes the moments right again!
And I delight him with my worship and praise!

(After being absent from my blog site for almost 4 weeks now due to a move, I want to step back—in the right direction!)

About oct17

The little girl in me loves bird watching, butterflies, sunrises, sunsets, walks in the rain; the adult I am enjoys the same. I sense God's awesomeness in all of life--what wonder there is in slicing a leek or cutting open a pomegranate. I have many favorite things--a formation of Canadian geese flying overhead, the giggles of my grand daughters, the first ripe watermelon in summer, snowflakes on my face--these gifts from my heavenly Father delight me continually.
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3 Responses to just one step back . . .

  1. What an insightful and wise post. Thanks for writing and sharing, Barb. I hope you are settling well in your new place. Hugs from Copenhagen, Elaine


  2. I needed to hear that, thank you darling Barb! xox


  3. Teri Patton says:

    very nice picture to notice and so true to how God works in our lives


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