Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sniffing Does't Work

I get lots of inspirations from God.  Don't you?
And, boy, do they look good.
All of them.
Start a Bible study.  Go on a retreat.  Take Aunt Mabel shopping.  Write a book.

They take me in all kinds of directions.--first one way, then another.
I work, and work, and sometimes very little gets done.
It feels like I'm sniffing my way around, looking for the right scent.
I feel frustrated, scattered, wasted.
Is anything getting accomplished?  Do my efforts produce anything of value?

Satan provides inspiration, too, and he doesn't worry about how many ideas or "inspirations" we have, or how many plans we make, as long as nothing gets done. 

God's way looks different.
Whether you turn to the right and to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, This is the way.  Walk in it.--Isaiah 30:21

God always tells us the way to go.  Are we listening?
How often do I forsake a smaller, obvious good in favor of a vague future that looks better but never comes to pass? 
God's vision doesn't ever look like ours.
It often looks smaller, less ambitious, than the ones we sniff at so ardently, but it is, in the end, straighter.

Each one went straight ahead.  Wherever the Spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.--Ezekiel 1:12

A dog smells his way and, in the process, gets constantly distracted.
We are to watch and listen for God to go before us, then follow not our nose, but Him.


  1. Ah. is this ever good, helpful, and affirming right now! It blesses me --- and helps keep me going straighter, instead of following MY nose, which I am also much too prone to do! Thanks!

    1. Ah, Sylvia.
      Yes. Join the club. It's a big one.

  2. Hey...........this was your Francis de Sales (??) post. Yes, Father, keep us 'sniffing' for the frangrance of your presence and your ways. Great job. :-)

    1. Yes, this was Francis, but I ended up editing out the quotes from him I intended to use. Just finished the book. So good.

  3. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

  4. This is a nice post, and I agree with you on all parts.

    1. Thank you, Rosey, and thanks for stopping by.

  5. And what a fine line that is too :) But I find when I can "keep my antennas up" as my grandma says, He is interested in every detail of my life! The antennas must go down when I get to sniffing about; when I'm trying to make things work, I don't hear a thing. But if I stop trying and start listening, my but how smoothly things go! :) This post is a great analogy. :)

    1. Grandma sure was right...but she probably got distracted a time or two, too.