Thursday, August 30, 2012

Not Quite Trusting

The dogs have been strange. They are both acting hungry all the time. Meanwhile they are getting a little chubby. They follow me around and try to herd me to the snack cabinet. When I sit down, they both sit in front of me with wide eyes, wagging their tails, an expectant look on their faces. If I stand up, they dash to the food cabinet. They seem to feel they need to eat continually. And they seem to feel I have forgotten this basic and essential fact. I think they are afraid it is going to be a long hard winter with a dwindling food supply.

After-all, animals sense things we don't know are out there. They know when storms are on the way. They know when my husband's car has entered the neighborhood five or sometimes ten minutes before he walks in the door. They know when the FeEx man has left his truck and is about to approach. And they can count. They know when they have not gotten the required number of walks. If they are storing fat for the winter, they must expect it to be a long haul of starvation.And they are very concerned that I don't seem to know this.

What they don't know is that I will feed them every day. No matter how long and hard the winter, they will still get to eat. As long as our country still exists and still sells dog food (and sometimes, as this election draws near, I think that is a big IF), my dogs will eat. Their master will make sure they don't starve.

Funny how after all these years of being faithfully fed, they still are not quite sure they can trust the next meal will be served with a smile, and on time.

In this way, I am like the dogs. My heavenly Father had cared for me and watched over me, guided me, and provided for me for all these years, and yet, I often doubt. I sometimes feel the need to nag Him about all the things He has left undone in my life, the things I am afraid He is not paying enough attention to. I worry that the things I so desperately need, and am even quite certain He wants for me and my loved ones as well, will not be set before me.

Funny how after all these years of being faithfully led, I am still not quite sure I can trust the next step will be guided with a blessing, and at the perfect time.

Deuteronomy 1:31-33 (NIV)
There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” [32] In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, [33] who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

-save a dog-

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