Still shot from Game of Thrones.*
The only thing of lasting importance is the glory of Creator God and his son, our Lord. This should come as a comfort; too often, however, it is discouraging. We walk the straight and narrow path, yet we get so easily distracted.
Prone to wander. Here’s my heart. Take and seal it.
When a man treads down the wanderer’s path (and all have, save one), he may become so invested in something that he finds it hard to divorce himself from it. But for the sake of his soul, it is better for him to repent in humility than to continue to turn away from Truth. He must retrace his steps back to the straight and narrow road – the sooner, the better. C.S. Lewis talks about this road in the preface of his short, fictitious novel, The Great Divorce.
Looking back and owning up to time wasted is a painful process. Perhaps a thought was intended for good yet became corrupted along the way. Think upon such things and back-track when necessary. Search your heart. You cannot fool God, but you can fool yourself. Clinging to his Word for understanding is a good way to check for inconsistencies in thought.
Lady Wisdom says: “To fear the Lord is to hate evil… I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me,” (Proverbs 8:13,17, NIV).
Training my dog to follow me helps me understand the Way of the Good Master. He allows freedom, employs discipline, and practices patience. Watching the dog meander reminds me of the road I am traveling – and how often I stray from it. When the dog returns to me, I can see that he takes joy in obedience as I do. He fulfills his telos (his purpose) proudly, and the results – gratitude, trust, and companionship – inspire wonder.
*Image found at the-toast.net. I know almost nothing about the show or the book series by George R.R. Martin, but I find the image itself rich in symbolism: that of a warrior recognizing and pledging allegiance to wisdom.