There are a few books that I consider to be foundational to my walk as a follower of Jesus. I'll share those soon in another post, but today I'm adding a new one to that list.
I snagged Dangerous Wonder, again by Yaconelli, off Tom's desk last week. And I'm only a chapter or two in, but it's already causing to pause and think, to pray and seek...to wonder again at the amazing way God works.
I'm sure I'll have more to say, but I have to share this little bit about cows and how it's spoken to me over these last few days.
A cow is nibbling on a tuft of grass in the middle of a field, moving from one tuft to the next, and before you know it he ends up at some grass next to the fence. Noticing a nice clump of green on the other side of the fence, the cow stumbles through an old tear in the fence and finds himself outside on the road. "Cows don't intend to get lost," the farmer explaind, "they just nibble their way to lostness!"
Oh, the dangers of living a life without intent.
How often do we nibble our way far from God's voice, only to find ourselves in the middle of a busy road? How often do we find that old tear in the fence? How often does one little action begin a cascade that changes our lives in ways we never could have imagined?
I think one of the biggest lies in all the world is that we fall into sin. We don't fall into sin...we might slide into it...tip toe into...dance around it...heck, if we're honest...sometimes we even fling ourselves wholeheartedly to it.
We nibble from one tuft of grass to another, each bite taking us further from God's voice.
We seek the old tear in the fence, and as we do so, we cross from seeking and living God's will to living for our own pleasure.
We end up in the middle of the road, often with a semi barreling towards us, without a clue how we got there or how to get back.
Lord, I don't want to live like that. Help me to take every thought, every word, every action captive to Your will. Help me to live an intentional life, to seek You and Your voice in all that I do. Help me to put You first, to keep Your voice strong in my ears. Help me to see when my nibbling is leading me astray, help me to become aware when I begin to seek those tears in the fence.
Lord, help me not to sin like a cow.
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