Monday, May 2, 2011

Lessons on waiting, by a dog named, "Lucy."

For eight and a half years, I was adamantly against owning a dog.  I believe phrases like, "never," and "over my dead body," may have been bandied about.  Because when you get down to it, dogs are a pain in the neck.  You have to arrange care for them when you leave town.... you have to clean up their messes all over your yard when little neighborhood kids are swarming the place, running in and out... and then there is the matter of the hair.  I think we can all agree, there is just about nothing grosser than opening up your fridge, and seeing not one, but five dog hairs clinging to various inner reaches of your icebox.  (How do they get in there, anyhow?)
 So no, I didn't want a dog.  But then God gave me an Ava for a child, and she would pray for a dog, draw pictures of dogs, and write stories about dogs.  Like, on a daily basis.  You can't fight that indefinitely, you know?  You can try,  but resistance is ultimately futile.  A year and a half ago, we went shopping buying for a dog and came home with this:
  I know.  There was nothing I could have done to stop it.  Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, I always say.  So not only have I embraced that I own a black dog who sheds all over my entire house, I have embraced that I completely and totally adore this dog.  She is precious in every way, and has soft caramelly brown eyes that are full of sweet understanding.  She has nice manners too, (with the exception of the fact that she may lick a person to death)  and I credit my man for that.  He has worked with her since day one, teaching her to sit, shake, stay, bow, lay down, not jump, and my personal favorite- wait. 

I haven't figured out the exact difference between, "stay" and "wait" but the "wait" command is often used when she is about to be given something, but required to remain still while her master prepares it for her- such as food.  I was watching her the other day, while she was in "wait" mode.  She does really well when she can clearly see Adrain, and is able to keep her eyes steadfastly on him for the duration of the wait period.  However, Adrain occasionally likes to test her self-control by briefly leaving her field of vision.  If she remains trusting and focused on him, and the fact that he is most assuredly returning with something good for her, she does just fine.  But every so often, she is antsy, and wants to move so badly, that she takes matters into her own (would it be paws?) hands, and begins to move from the spot he placed her on.  She almost always lands her little self in trouble, with a longer wait when she does this so he can train her fully on what he wants from her.
 I'm so often like this.  As long as I keep my eyes steadfastly waiting on my Master, I do okay.  But if I begin moving around in anxiety, searching for the thing I'm supposed to be waiting on, I don't learn, and the wait is harder.  From reading all of your emails and comments over the past few months, it seems as though every one of us is waiting for something in our lives.  Today, as I was waiting for my hoodlums, I parked next to a tree that was spectacularly decked out with these frothy pink branches.  They were so beautiful, that they immediately brought to mind the promise that if God dresses even the trees in gorgeous color, He also knows what we need and desire, and can be entrusted with it.

Today, while we wait, lets train our eyes to remain on our Master, and the promise that He is fully in control of the thing we are waiting for, even when He seems silent... 

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow in thrown in to the fire, will he not much more clothe you O you of little faith?"  Matthew 6:27-30

24 comments:

  1. I just really needed this today, Sasha. A very powerful reminder... oh, and I love your dog! :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, do you have any idea how much I needed this post! God is using you powerfully in my life... and I thank you so much.

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  3. This was beautiful! You always have a way with words. I'm not sure if you've posted this but what denomination are you. I love how you believe in your faith and show us how important it is to you and your family. I am always stuggling with my faith and would love your wisdom!

    Thanks for the camera advice!

    Megan

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  4. Hey Megan! I'm non-denominational... Christian, plain and simple.

    :)

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  5. what a sweet dog :) i'm not quite there yet...my middle baby is vying for one...we'll see. thanks for the great reminders. i'm pretty sure you could pull a life lesson out of any situation!!

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  6. i always feel sorry for dogs when they are in obedience training...like it's a bad thing or something for them to learn to obey. geesh! they are just dogs. it's agony to see them want something so bad (shaking even) and not get it until the master gives the command. now i'm in the shaking mode...dying to get my way...all at the mercy of my master and His plan. it's no fun, but necessary. thank you friend...i hope you are feeling better. love you.

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  7. What a gorgeous dog. Ugh, I don't even know what I'm waiting for... some direction?

    PS. How do you watermark your pictures?

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  8. Sasha, what a great post. So much truth in your words. I just have to tell you I have a dog named Lucy too. Can't imagine our family without her smiling, hairy face :)

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  9. well i love that darn lucy
    & share in all your issues...brinkley is snuggled right here besides me so i'm whispering...but i can't imagine our home without one of these gentle sweet creatures!
    now the hair>
    talk to me about the hair!

    beautiful powerful reminder my friend.
    i find the waiting is harder than the no. the later or the not yet is a character builder that's for sure.

    i love your heart
    xo

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  10. You have a very nice dog there and I'm glad you like it now! We don't get hairs in our frig from the dog. I like how you made a spiritual application using your dog--very good!

    We actually did a post about the difference between stay and wait here: http://zemeks.blogspot.com/2009/08/whats-difference-between-wait-and-stay.html

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  11. SO beautiful. A very wonderful reminder for today. May God fill you with peace while you wait for Him. :)

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  12. SO beautiful. A very wonderful reminder for today. May God fill you with peace while you wait for Him. :)

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  13. about the dog...i had a kid like that too (writing stories about him and his dog, etc) we finally got one. 6 months later i kicked the darn thing out to a different home. i know, i'm evil...but i'm glad you had a better experience! and waiting , what's that?

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  14. its hard to know when to wait...or stay.

    thanks for another thought provoking post.

    peace out brah.

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  15. Thanks so much Sasha! Your post is really inspirational and has really encouraged me to be patient.

    Your daughter sounds like me when I was little. I really wanted a dog, but my dad was dead-set against it. So he made a bet with me that if I could keep one of those electronic pets alive for a week, he would buy me a dog. It lived for 8 days. Now we have a 13 yr old dog who my dad won't admit he loves even though I know the truth. Have a great day!

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  16. Wow. This may be the best post I have ever read. Or maybe it's a great one and the timing is perfect. Thanks so much.
    xoxo Melissa

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  17. Annointed, Sash! Seriously, I needed this today and then I looked at all the comments you already have that say the same thing and all I can say is annointed. That and God taught me many wonderful (and humbling) lessons through my sweet Stinkerbell. You have never seen hair in odd places until you have entered the home of a dalmation. They shed when they breathe. And flurries of hair come flying out when they are stressed or excited. I have unknowingly eaten more dog hair than I ever care to learn. And the oddest place I discovered her hair, not even sure I'll say, nah I'll email it...

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  18. Wow Sasha! This is so very true!

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  19. You would be horrified by the animal hair in my house and the backseat of my car, I have 3 different types of varieties.eww.I always wait to vacume because Ill just have to do it agiain in 2hrs. It's so easy to forget that He is in control when the waiting is drawn out over years, thanks for the reminder!

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  20. Wow! Thank you for blogging such profound, simple thoughts. I need to learn to wait on the Lord and it can be so hard sometimes...but Wait I must. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  21. Your dog looks precious :). I'm a huge dog lover though so most look adorable to me! Great words of wisdom girl!

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  22. Beautiful post! I SO enjoy your photos, too. You are incredibly talented in decorating, photography and blogging! :)

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  23. Hi Sasha! What a great post! I can so relate too! My daughter Summer really wants a dog! I have the same reasons that you described for not getting one. We've had dogs in the past so I know what is involved. They are irresistable, especially if you go looking at the pet shops! Maybe after reading this I may reconsider! Thank you too Sasha for your sweet comment on my blog...I so appreciate your delightful words!
    Bless you Darlin'!

    Aunt Ruthie
    Sugar Pie Farmhouse
    Branson Missouri
    P.S. Your decorating is AdOrAblE and so are you!!

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  24. Hi Sasha! What a great post! I can so relate too! My daughter Summer really wants a dog! I have the same reasons that you described for not getting one. We've had dogs in the past so I know what is involved. They are irresistable, especially if you go looking at the pet shops! Maybe after reading this I may reconsider! Thank you too Sasha for your sweet comment on my blog...I so appreciate your delightful words!
    Bless you Darlin'!

    Aunt Ruthie
    Sugar Pie Farmhouse
    Branson Missouri
    P.S. Your decorating is AdOrAblE and so are you!!

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