When she was only a few months old, I took Freckles to run on one of Terry Hamburger’s farms. Several members of our church have given me permission to take my dogs out and let them enjoy the freedom of running without restraint. I don’t run, but I have a great time as well. Walking around a pasture takes me back to the days of my youth.
Freckles did great. She loaded in the dog box with minimal resistance. She worked a pattern without really knowing why. She ventured out further than the average Brittany, which made me happy. She kept circling back, which made me even happier. All was well. The recent loss of my Brittany Gus was on my mind as I watched the road while we headed back to the truck.
Out of nowhere a jackrabbit jumped up and headed north. Freckles flunked the “Whoa!” command and raced after the dark-eared creature. We were in tall grass. I lost sight of her almost immediately. By the time I made it back to the truck she was nowhere to be found. To the north were multiple wind turbines and roads. I decided to go and look for Freckles. Periodically, I stopped and called out her name. It seemed surreal that I might lose two dogs in only a few months. After I circled the section and travelled several service roads, I was about to give up hope. Where could she be?
She was right where she remembered I had been. When I made it back to where I had been parked, she was standing in the ditch. She returned, on her own, to the place from which she had run away. I should have just waited patiently like Little Bo Peep did for her sheep. Freckles occasionally disappears when I take her to run. However, she always returns to her master.
The same is true of Christians who stray from Jesus and His church. It is impossible to run them down and force them to return to the Master. However, if they are genuine, they will eventually return to Jesus and His church. When they do, we need to welcome them with open arms. It is not our job to round up prodigals. It is our joy to welcome them home.
I love you, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Finishing Well” Philippians 3:12-16
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday
Wyatt Lindamood..Skylar Exinia..Nelva Dunbar