Every morning, I must decide whether to put Rudy on a leash or let him run to do his business. If I let him run it is always possible that he might run in the wrong direction and I have to go chasing after him. One way is a dead-end for him, but the other way opens to a swamp, but even then he usually doesn’t go as far as the swamp. The best option is the leash, then I can control him, and guide him in the direction I want him to go, which is not very far from the house. I love him, and want him to be free to run, but I also love him enough to try and protect him. The ideal situation would be for me to be able to turn him loose, and have him stay near the house. Do you think God feels the same way about us? We are free to wander into the swamp, and yes, God does chase after us when we go there, but don’t you think it would be more pleasing to him if we stayed close to him? I don’t like getting my feet wet chasing after Rudy, and I would like to beat his butt while chasing him back to safety, even though I don’t. So when you get a wild hair, and decide to go running off into dangerous territory, God is there chasing after you, he sees your every move; there could be consequences involved. My best advice is for you to stay near home, and close to God, where it is safe.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:4-5