I went for a walk and wrote this poem/thought experiment:
At the Bridge
A dog dashes under the stile
Splashes into the stream
And bounds high through the water
Scattering spray wildly in the sun.
Tail helicoptering madly, she strains to see
If her slower human nears -
Gives a few short, sharp barks, to call him here.
I wonder what it would be like to follow God like this?
Not hold myself back, walking obediently at his heel,
But to run joyfully ahead, feeling the joy of my body and freedom -
Turning to call him to share in my delight -
Straining to see him approach -
Knowing he won't be far behind.