My dog Buddy is a Boston Terrier. Being a small (14 lb) dog with short hair, he hates the cold weather! When I take him out in the winter time, I have to catch him in the house, leash him up and drag him out. He quickly does his business and then runs for inside.
However, every time I open the front door (whether to answer the door bell, get the mail, or take one of the other dogs out) he darts out the door, regardless of the weather! Off he runs, and I cannot catch that quick dog no matter what I do. So I have to wait until he is finished frollicking, and then he comes back on his own terms. It drives me crazy!
I'm a lot like Buddy. When God opens a door for me, I'm hesistate to go through it. I don't know what God has in store for me, so I often back away. However, if I see a door open that I want to go through, I might make the mistake of dashing out without first checking to see if its really God's plan.
Just as Buddy risks getting hit by a car, or attacked by a larger dog when he runs ahead of me, I risk trouble when I run ahead of God.
Looks like Buddy and I both need some obedience training!
2 John 1:6 -- And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
Proverbs 19:16 -- He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
Jeremiah 7:23, 24 -- but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.