Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Shock Collar

This morning Fur Ball and I went down stairs for our morning work out. I on the treadmill, and he out the back door.  I put his collar on him as I always do, but this time I must not have had it as snug as usual because he wandered off and didn't come in the house when my husband called him. When I went to look for him he was nowhere to be found. I was not happy with him at all. I did not stray very far from home, but when I called for Fur Ball, he did not come. Finally, after I had returned back home, Fur Ball showed up. My husband adjusted his collar.
Later, Fur Ball went back outside and tested his boundaries. We heard some serious yelping. I ran to see how he was and by the time I got to the front door, Fur Ball was there, waiting to come back in the house. He kept looking at his collar as if something was seriously wrong! I tried to explain to him that this is what a consequence looks like, but he just wanted to sulk on the couch for awhile. Poor Fur Ball. His life will never be the same.
This is learning the hard way. I know I have had to learn many things the hard way. Learning by experience. It's the long road. The rebel road. The road the prodigal son took. It can be a tough road, but so full, and certainly not boring.
I think Jesus walked a rebel road. He went against all odds and loved when it seemed impossible to love. He had faith when it seemed faith was impossible and hoped against all hope. He forgave sins that seemed unforgivable. He looked at the law, and said that He had come to abolish it! He tested the boundaries and I think it was shocking.
Jesus, You are a shocking God. Everything you do and all that You stand for. Say That Again, and enable me to be as shocking as You are!

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