“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the One who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27 (NLT)
We don’t have a dog (yet?), but every time I’m at any of my friend’s house that have dogs, I love to watch how the dogs behave in the kitchen. It’s like the dogs have been trained to watch their master’s hand. Watching and waiting for the moment when a morsel of food may come their way. Watching and waiting for a crumb to fall from their master’s table. Then running to gobble up whatever the master has offered, then waiting and watching for more.
Every time I watch this, I wonder if we are as watchful and attentive to our Master’s hand. And what makes it even more impressive is that no dog-owner has ever intentionally trained their dog to behave this way in the kitchen. The dogs have trained themselves.
So I must ask: Have we trained ourselves to watch and wait for God’s hand? Have we trained ourselves to respond automatically and enthusiastically when we see our Master begin to move, and do we enjoy His offering to us only to wait and watch for more?
It takes training to watch and wait for God. It takes training to wait and to move only when we see our Master move. It takes training to act as if we know that there is a world of difference between His strength and my own. And waiting to do it in His strength and power and timing.
And, just like in the physical realm, training is not a one-time deal. Training requires practice and repetition. Lots of it. Training requires doing it over and over again, each time learning from our mistakes and tweaking our performance. It means watching and waiting and then acting on promptings … and sometimes falling down, but getting back up because we are keeping our eyes on the One who is invisible.
So where’s your focus these days. May it be true for you and for me that our focus is increasingly on our Master’s hand.