When you come home late at night, isn’t it nice when a family member has left a light on for you?
It shows they care about you, and want you to be guided safely back inside.
I was reminded of this recently when I came across a fun fact about border collies, a highly intelligent breed of dog often used to herd sheep.
The border collie usually sports a prominent white tip on its tail. This characteristic colouration is known as the “Shepherd’s Lantern.”
The white tip of the collie’s tail stands out in the dim light of dusk, allowing the shepherd to be guided home from the pasture after a long day’s work.
That got me thinking:
Our Heavenly Father gives us a “lantern,” too.
God loves us and wants to make sure we’re guided home to him.
He does this in two ways:
In winter, it can be fun to decipher tracks left in the snow.
I sometimes make a little game of this as I’m going for a walk.
You can usually tell by the size and spacing of bootprints whether they were left by a man, woman, or child.
Tracks going to each house in turn clearly belong to the mail carrier.
Human footprints next to smaller, clawed ones indicate that a neighbour was walking the dog.
Dainty, single-file paw prints show that a cat was making its rounds, whereas a repeating W-shaped pattern of impressions indicate that a squirrel was hopping across the lawn.
And small bootprints that meander crazily like a butterfly are a sure sign that my four-year-old neighbour Noah passed this way!
What tracks are you leaving in life?
Will people want to follow in your footsteps?
You’ve heard it said that “man shall not live on bread alone.”
That’s absolutely correct. He also needs tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
As in pizza.
I’m pretty sure that I could live on pizza alone, and I’m willing to give it a try. Is there someone out there who wouldn’t mind providing me with a daily supply of freshly baked pizza?
(I’m just kidding, of course. Sort of.)
Joking aside, we’re missing something crucial here, and that’s the rest of the verse I quoted above:
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Jesus in Matthew 4:4, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)
Jesus seems to be telling us that the revealed word of God is every bit as important as the food we nourish our bodies with.
But do we really treat the word of God as being as essential to us as the food we eat each day?