Thursday, October 29, 2015

Never Enough

My dogs have got me wrapped around their dew claws. Both require daily medicine, and both refuse to take the delicious morsels I hide their pills in. With each delicious decoy that we wrap the pill in, they are initially excited. Within a week, they know the decoy food contains a pill and refuse it. We have to up the ante to a more delicious (expensive) decoy food. It is the food equivalent of the nuclear arms race.

They do not even come close to allowing us to stuff it down their throat, so we have tried a zillion different host foods to conceal the meds. Ham, bologna, bacon, cheese, crackers, peanut butter, gormet wet dog food, liver pieces...I am at wits' end. Both dogs require meds twice a day for the rest of their lives. I am ready to kill them.

Yesterday, I hid the pill in a soft liver treat, covered in melted cheese, then surrounded by gourmet sircloin dog food, then encased in peanut butter. Each layer was a separate attempt to get the stupid dogs to take their medicine. Each failed. They have similarly turned up their snouts to the expensive, healthy, high-protein dog food we buy them.

An internet friend suggested raw turkey, made with finely chopped fresh veggies. She told me her dogs love it. I have been hesitant to go wtih the raw food diet, though several friends have suggested it. Desperate, I used the food processor and minced fresh peas, beans, and carrots and then stirred the pastey veggies in with raw ground turkey.

The dogs loved it. Honeybun scarfed it down so fast that she didn't notice the pills hidden in its midst. Lucky was more discerning (untrusting) and left a glob of the food with his hidden pill behind. I covered it in peanut butter and he ate it.

I'm worn out.

I wonder if that is how God feels. First he sends us a gorgeous sunrise. We notice, are thrilled...and then soon the sunrise isn't enough. So then He sends us breakfast. We notice, are thrilled...and then breakfast isn't enough. So then He sends us satisfying work, and interesting things to study and learn, and challenging tasks. We notice, are thrilled...and then the satisfying work isn't enough. So then He sends us wonderful sunsets, and full moons, and stars. We notice, are thrilled...and then the sunsets and moons and stars aren't enough.

We are never content. Nothing will ever satisfy. And when we realize that, He takes it all away. And offers Himself. And that is enough. Finally.

Now, only hoping the dogs will take the pills hidden in cream cheese balls.

1 Timothy 6:6-11 

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. ...

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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