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Our dog, Chaucer, insisted on digging holes under our fence so he could visit the neighbor’s yard. It was exciting for him to be in a new and different place. When we discovered that he was doing this, we’d go get him and fill in the holes—but he seemed to always find a way to dig a new hole.

One day, I called for him to come inside and realized he wasn’t in our backyard. Knowing his past history of sneaking into the neighbor’s yard, I looked over the fence, and sure enough, there he was. But he wasn’t running around or sniffing the new territory. He was laying on his side, struggling to fit back into the hole that he had dug, so he could come back into our yard. I had to help dig up some dirt around him so that he could fit back through that hole. Since that incident, he seems a lot more hesitant to dig new holes.

This reminded me of us humans, curious by nature; always wondering what’s on the other side of the "fence". Is it a better life than what we have? Is there more to do? More fun to be had?

Takes Us Back

It also reminded me of our tendencies to wander off from God. But you know what, He keeps searching for us. He even helps us get back through that "hole" when we get stuck and are in great need. He is patient with us and takes us back time and time again.

Just like Chaucer, we slowly learn our lesson and get tired of searching for more or something different. We eventually find ourselves making our way back to God and the better life He has given to us.
"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked" (Psalm 84:10).

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