Yappy Dogs

I must confess; “yappy dogs” are driving me nuts. Let me explain. This week I’ve been working outside cleaning and staining our deck. The weather has been perfect, but there are two little dogs that constantly bark. Funny thing though, once in a while a large German Shepherd nearby decides to bark; and when his deep, authoritative sound echoes through the trees, they go silent. It’s reminded me of something that’s been on my mind; and I feel compelled to share it.

You see, every day via email, social newsfeed, personal conversation, or flyer, there’s a steady bombardment of suggestions to hear or read various pastors, teachers and conference speakers. Yeah, many of them are great people (I’ve learned, and continue to learn) much from such folks. But can I be transparent for a moment? It’s starting to become background noise and my heart wants more. My heart longs to hear that unique, authoritative sound that causes everyone else to go quiet in response; I want to hear the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roar!

Honestly, my point isn’t to criticize or cast judgment on my brothers and sisters in the public eye, I’m just wanting to hear Him. I want to feel the earth shake from the rumble, to hear the authority in His words and sense the power of His presence. How about you? May we all be like Samuel in his response to the Lord:

“Speak, for Your servant hears.” – 1 Samuel 3:10b NKJV

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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