A stray dog chose our family over the weekend and the angel dog is not happy. In fact, we have yet to even introduce the two dogs and the angel dog is already guarding his home territory. The angel dog is upset, barking and judging the stray dog through the sliding glass door. Every time I come in from checking on the stray, I receive the cold shoulder from the angel dog and a stiff back if I dare try to pet him. The angel dog is seemingly resistant to change and threatened by the idea of another doggie sharing the love. Let’s be honest, this is less than “angelic” behavior, angel dog.
Boy, can I relate. I was thinking about how many times in my life that I have stood inside the sliding glass door judging the situation outside. There have been so many times that I have gotten myself all worked up over a perceived threat without even truly assessing whether a threat even exists. Oh and goodness, I have been inconsolable and angry with the people around me trying to care for me in my overly dramatic attempt to protect my home territory. And I have definitely found myself resistant to change more than once in my 46 years on this earth. Yes, I can relate to less than “angelic” behavior, my sweet angel dog.
God calls us out of darkness into His marvelous light. He encourages us to take His yoke, trading our heavy burdens for His easy grace. He insists that we enter into relationships with an open heart and relentless understanding, not judgment. He asks us to trust that He will steady us during seasons of change. He reminds us that we can rely on His constant presence and comfort, even when we get ourselves all worked up over a silly stray dog.
And before we know it, we realize that God has worked all things for His good regardless of our less than angelic tendencies. Just breathe angel dog. Just breathe and know that you are loved.
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:11-13 NLT