Everything I Needed To Know, I Learned From My Dog
So, if you have been walking this life journey with me for any length of time, you know that I see things very differently.
This post will not vary from that theme.
A little while ago, my grandson was visiting. He is the joy of our hearts! Such a fun kid.
It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn from him. (And I always thought it was supposed to be the other way around!) He is always super happy to help do little chores around the house. One of the things he really likes is to feed the dogs.
The Process of Filling the Bowls
One morning, he was helping to fill the dog bowls. We are of the persuasion that if we feed them a high-quality food we will be picking up smaller piles in the yard. Not for sure on the science of this since they both seem to be full of it. Consequently, this food is in tiny, little bits. We have a medium dog and a little dog so it seems to be a good fit for both.
Anyway, this sweet little guy is filling up the bowls for me. One kibble at a time. We got the little dog’s bowl filled in about 20 minutes. She’s getting up there in years so I took it out to her. Life is short. The other dog was beyond excited. She was sitting up. Sitting up pretty. She was trying to give him a high-five! She laid down. Danced in a circle. Rolled over and stared at him with big soulful eyes.
The other dog was beyond excited. She was sitting up. Sitting up pretty. She was trying to give him a high-five! Shake. She laid down. Danced in a circle. Rolled over and stared at him with big soulful eyes. She was on her game.
This little man was not to be swayed. He was focused on the task at hand. Luckily for the dog, he would drop an occasional piece and she would scurry off to get it. At this point, her tail wagging had swept a small portion of my utility room. She was drooling to beat the band. Finally, he was finished.
Joy broke out as he carried it to the kitchen and gave it to her. She’s a beagle and did a bit of dancing similar to Snoopy.
There are parallels between this scene and my relationship with God. (I told you I see things WAY differently). God only gives his children good things. He doesn’t punish us. He doesn’t send down bolts of lightning if someone who doesn’t normally go, enters the church on a Sunday. (Sorry to burst your bubble, Dad). We have free will!
If I were to picture this scene with God filling up the bowl and me being the one waiting on the food, there are a few things I am certain of. The first that God would never tease me by purposely filling the bowl a kibble at a time, even if I feel like that is true. Secondly, I know that the bowl would be filled to overflowing.
What I need to remember and put into practice that my dog did while waiting for the bowl to be filled is simple. God will always be there to feed me (take care of me, walk with me). He will never withhold anything. What I need to remember in the time of waiting is to stay focused on the provision and remember all of God’s gifts are good. He is good all the time. I need to remember not to lie down and sleep. I need to keep wagging my tail and believing for these good things to happen.
So, Who’s with me? Let’s sit up and give a high-five! Our time of waiting is nearly over and the plans to prosper us are just about to happen!
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord 🙂