Have you ever played fetch with a dog? I was playing fetch with our neighbor’s chocolate lab today (pictured below). She would run like the wind, desperate to get her teeth on that ball. She would run it back to me and then, here is what got me the most, she refused to let it go. “Drop it, Laylah. Drop the ball.” She seemed to bite it all the harder.
And I began to wonder, why does she bring back the ball anyway? Perhaps because she desires to run further and run faster. Perhaps because there is great joy in simply chasing the ball. But then, if there is so much joy in pursuing that ball, why doesn’t she let it go back into my hands? Does she not trust that she will get it back?
And as I stood there, trying to pull this ball from the incredibly strong grip of this sweet dog, I was reminded of something else… Our dreams. We chase them. And they are indeed fun to chase. We attain them, but then we come back to God wanting something more. We want a chance to run faster. We want a chance to go further… And yet many times we simply aren’t willing to drop our dreams back into the Lord’s hands. We want to hold on to what we have in our grasp. We aren’t really sure that if we give it all we will get it all back.
What dreams do you have? What dreams are you chasing? Is it possible that God has even bigger dreams for you? Is it possible that he has plans for you to go even further? Is it possible that all you really need to do is let go?