It's an electronic collar and works with a small remote I carry. If Molly doesn't respond to my voice, I can push a button and a beep sounds in her ear. If she still ignores me, I can push another button and a very mild shock is administered. Molly doesn't mind the collar at all. It allows her to run and play while we're walking rather than being tethered to her sedate owner with a leash. The audible beep is usually enough to remind her to return to my side. And the occasional times I've had to buzz her, she shakes her head and comes back.
The electronic collar keeps Molly close to me and safe. When it's on, I can keep her off the road, from getting lost, and from run-ins with the wild critters that roam our woods. We can walk as far and wide as we want, and she will stay with me.
So in your walk with God, what serves as your electronic collar? Is it a morning devotion time? Private prayer? Worship in your church?
I love my small/Bible study/accountability group. We meet on Friday nights for fellowship, study, and prayer. During the summer, we take a break from our regular meetings and by August, I'm feeling like my walk with God is a dry desert. I need the wisdom and accountability my friends provide. Meeting with my small group keeps me close and safe to my Heavenly Father.
Has your walk been through desert sands lately? What do you need to get back in the habit of doing?
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.