No Pets.

I promise this is my last hiking post…can you tell hiking is kind of a rare thing for me?  As I shared yesterday, when we arrived at our trail, there was a “No Pet” sign, but since our dog is more of a person than a dog, we thought, “surely this doesn’t apply to us!”

While little Neely handled it like a champ, the trail was far from dog friendly.  Each time we got to a difficult part, I would say, “I guess there was a reason they said, ‘No Pets.”  Eventually, we reached a point where we couldn’t go any further with our fury friend, so we had to call it a day.

There was a reason the wonderful park rangers made the trail pet-freenot to ruin everyone’s fun, but for protection from what we were unable to see.

All of my life, I’ve had problems with rules and authority.  Simply put: I hate people telling me what I can and can’t do (just ask my seasoned mother).  But, what I fail to understand is that rules aren’t made to hurt us, they’re in place for our benefit.  (Except maybe signs in fountains that say “no swimming,” I just don’t see how that’s helping me…unless they’re saving me from public embarrassment). 

Similarly, God’s authority in our lives is not intended to imprison us, but it’s meant to equip, empower, and enable us to live the free and purposeful life He has designed. 
Though I tend to flee authority, I want to be a woman who embraces God’s; eager to fall under His mighty, powerful, and loving dominion.  
His love for us is unquenchable and we can trust that when He calls us to do something, it’s because He has our best interest in mind.    
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”  
Psalm 119:32