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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States

717-657-0614

We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

So Which One Of Us Is Really Straining At The Leash?

Jean Harrison

Buddy is a rescue puppy and will be a year old at the end of March.  A couple of weeks ago, I had him out for a short walk.  He got very excited seeing another dog and a human too.  It was a tiny Yorkie dog and I was trying valiantly to keep Buddy from jumping all over that little feather duster.  You guessed it, I lost!  He jerked me off balance and down I went into the wet grass.  I sat there for a while because the young girl with the dog wanted to talk.  I figured if I got up, I probably would go down again.  I had quite a conversation with her.  She gave me the impression of being a dog whisperer and introduced a tip to calm him down.  Really?  Buddy is a mix of Schnauzer, Cocker Spaniel, and Jack Russell.  Calm him down?  Only when he has worn himself out :p

    So I'm thinking about this vexing, straining at the leash thing with Buddy.  He's getting bigger and stronger, and I'm getting older and weaker.  Something needs to give here and I don't intend it to be me.  Forget puppy obedience school.  Been there and done that.  It stressed me out so badly being there for an hour at night, once a week, for an interminable number of weeks.  What did we learn?  Buddy really, really, really likes treats.

    Anyway, I'm wondering what it is that I'm "straining at the leash at with my Lord."  The Holy Spirit is guiding and teaching me on one end and I'm creating tension at the other end with my sin nature.  A lot of tension there sometimes and who is going to give way?  It has to be me!  

    God has all the time in the world to watch me wear myself out and surrender.  Scripture tells me----2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with The Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day".  It amazes me that I can be even more willful than my dog.