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It was time to take our dog Tiger to the vet. Tiger’s name fit him. He had a bad habit of lunging at you, or lunging on our comfortable couch.  His playtime consisted of trying to get your hand or arm, and other things in his mouth. He was named Tiger as a puppy because of the striped markings on his body. I wonder if we had named him Striped or Marble, if that would have changed his behavior.
 
We had just purchased a new vehicle. As I looked outside, the ground was wet, so I decided not to put Tiger in the vehicle. I envisioned him leaving muddy paw marks on the leather seats, and slobber all over the windows. Since the veterinarian office was only a few blocks away and the weather was warm, I decided we would walk. Tiger and I could use the exercise.
 
Although Tiger had been to the vet numerous times before, he had never walked before.  As we proceeded out of our driveway, Tiger was eager to lead. Tiger had no clue where he was going; he just knew he wanted to lead. I found myself constantly pulling on the leash. This was turning into a trot instead of a walk. I also realized I wasn’t walking Tiger; he was walking me. I felt like an Eskimo in a sled race, without the snow. Every so often I would yell, “No Tiger.” However, Tiger wasn’t listening, he was leading and that was all that mattered. I marvel at how he didn’t have a clue where we were headed, yet he confidently lead.
 
I had learned not to take more than one dog at a time for a walk. Whether it was our pit bulls, Tiger and Domino, or our gentle dogs, Buddy and Gizmo. They each would try vigorously to take the lead, pulling my husband and I, as if we were excessive baggage. This time it was just Tiger and I.
 
Tiger was choking as I pulled on the leash to get him to slow down, and let me lead. I didn’t have a problem with him walking beside me; this was what I wanted. But, the more I pulled on the leash, the more he resisted.
 
Finally we had reached our destination. My back ached; I just wanted to sit down. It seemed like I had walk for miles, when it was only four blocks. When we got into the vet’s office, to my surprised I noticed Tiger’s eyes were blood shot and somewhat bulging. I blurted out, “Oh my goodness, what’s wrong with his eyes?” The vet replied, “You were choking him.” Of course I informed the vet, that I did not choke him, Tiger choked himself. If only he had yielded to the pull of the leash, then he would have been fine. Fortunately Tiger was just a little sore.   
Tiger had received his shots and we were out the door heading home. The trip back was far more relaxing as Tiger was tired, and yielded the lead to me.   

Each year we look forward to hear, “What saith the Lord” as we enter into a new year. Like Tiger, we are ready to lead, but have no clue where we are headed.   Many of us assume that every year means a new season in our lives. We yearn to see change, but have we allowed God to change us to receive the new?  We quickly take the lead, unknowingly telling the Lord, to come and follow us. When we don’t see the desired changes in our lives, we become disappointed and tired. What the Lord wanted was for us to relinquish the lead to Him, and walk beside him.   

Each season seems to have a theme, or a catch phrase that characterizes it. These phrases express a hunger and yearning in our hearts. It is the long awaited promises and blessings that we have hoped for, and that God so desires to give us. What many have failed to realize is if we have failed to allow The Lord to work in the past season of our lives, we are not ready to enter into the new season that the Lord desires us to walk in.  

In my book “Unmasked” I wrote, “We tend to focus our attention on what God hasn’t accomplished in our lives, instead of what He is accomplishing in us. Whether we admit it or not, we are that diamond in the rough.  

While we focus on progress, God is focusing on the process. Instead of focusing on the lack of progress, we need to turn our attention on the process. Some of the things we view as obstacles, trials or disappointments in our lives are the very things God uses to promote us. How we handle the process will determine how much we progress. God will not allow a trial to come into your life unless He has a purpose. Know that the storms and challenges are not sent to destroy you. God allowed it to increase, strengthen and promote you.” So enjoy the journey, and let the Lord, lead.    

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