Beware what you tie yourself to …

Rick Pendleton tells a great story about two hunters who came upon what at first appeared to be an abandoned farm. The barn was sagging, the house was in disrepair, and there were junk cars and parts scattered all around the yard. The only thing that made it an occupied farm were a few chickens pecking away and a goat wandering around.

As the hunters entered the yard, they came across an old well. One said to the other, “I wonder how deep it is.”

The other responded, “We’ll have to drop something down it and listen for the splash.”

They looked around for something to drop down the well, but the only thing close by was an old transmission. The both hauled it over to the well and dropped it in. They counted and waited for the splash — it was a very deep well!

As the hunters turned from the well to leave, they saw the goat was charging directly at them with head down, horns aimed straight for them. At the last moment they jumped aside, and the goat went right past them and over the side of the well. The hunters looked at each other in amazement.

As they started to leave, the owner of the farmed appeared and approached the hunters. They chatted for a moment and got permission to hunt on the farm. Then the farmer asked, “Have you seen my goat around here?”

One of the hunters answered, “Your goat almost killed us charging at us! You should have had that goat tied up!”

The farmer responded, “I thought I had him tied up to an old transmission …”

This story has a simple lesson: You follow what you’re tied to.

Have you attached yourself to something that could drag you in the wrong direction? Or is God your anchor?

“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary,” Hebrews 6:18-19.