Though Drover is just a dog, his life is nonetheless ordered by specific priorities. Chasing rabbits is high on his list of important things to do. While the man does his work in the field, Drover enthusiastically investigates nearby weed thickets and bramble patches. Panting happily, scrambling here and there, he probes and snuffles, following his keen nose ever closer to the hiding rabbit. He closes in, intoxicated by the hot scent of his quarry. When the rabbit finally explodes from concealment and sprints for safety, Drover rushes madly after it, yipping excitedly. Although he rarely catches his prey, he is never discouraged. He lives for the chase.
The man smiles reflectively. Wouldn’t it be nice if his dog could apply that boundless energy to accomplish something worthwhile? But then he wonders what God thinks as He evaluates human lives. Maybe some of our priorities appear to God as Drover’s priorities appear to the man. We have so many things that seem important to us. We rush here and there, filling our days with energetic enterprise. We tirelessly pursue our goals, intoxicated by the scent of success. Do we stop to evaluate the long-term value of all our urgent activity? Do our priorities help us fulfill the purposes of God? When Drover chases rabbits, he is doing what God created him to do. God created us to bring glory, honor, and pleasure to Him. He is worthy! May we not disappoint Him.
From Paws on My Porch, by Gary Miller
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