Don’t Kill the Dog
My oldest daughter has a Border Collie named Static. I alternate between loving him dearly and wanting to kill him. This morning, I was not happy with him. My daughter is out of town for the weekend; Static stayed with us. Static has an internal alarm clock. He believes that one must be up and out of bed at 6:00 a.m. He started whining at 5:45 a.m. I tried to ignore him. I didn’t want to be up. There is no reason to be up at 6:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The church service we go to starts at 11:00 a.m. I wanted to sleep in. Static had other ideas. I finally got up at 6:05 a.m. because he was starting to whine louder. It is not a good idea to ignore Static for too long. He gets destructive. He has been known to tear up clothes and furniture.
All the other dogs were fine with me sleeping in until me feet hit the floor. Then there was lots of barking. They wanted to go outside and be fed. Now, an hour later, 5 of the 6 dogs are fast asleep in the living room. The 6th one is probably asleep outside. And here I am wide awake at about the time I planned to get out of bed.
Instead, seek God
I feel out of synch. The caffeine in my hot tea did nothing to touch it. I feel off. The rhythm of life is wrong. If I don’t do something to correct this, I can see it following me all day long. I don’t want that. I prayed to see what God would say. I wish I could tell you that was my first response every time. But I would be lying. This morning that was my choice. This is what he said to me and I want to share it with you.
Listen to the rhythms of your life. There is a rhythm as clear as your heart beat if you take the time to listen. It requires time and stillness to hear. It will not happen in the rush and business of life. I offer you rest, real rest. But, so many times, my children miss the rest I offer because of the business of life. There is a time to rest, a time to work, a time to play and a time to eat. I have a plan for each day of your life. If you seek me, I will share it with you. I long to spend time with you to talk about the plans of the day. Yet, so many of my children make their plans for the day and ask me to bless their plans. It doesn’t work that way. I know the plans, the plans are mine. You feel stress because you try to take on something that is not yours to do. I make the plans and direct your paths. These plans are for my glory and your good. Come to me and seek the plans for the day and then seek me moment by moment for I long to be in close conversation with you. If you do this, you will begin to see and understand the rhythms that are natural in your life. You will begin to see when it is time to rest, play, work and eat. You will understand the whispers of my love in your heart saying this is the plan for the moment. I love you. Come to me.
He sees you. He loves you. He understands what you are going through. He is there to hold your hand. How do you handle those pesky interruptions? I would love to hear your thought in the comment section.