Monday, November 14, 2011

Life lessons from Lucy

I went many years without ever having a desire for a dog.  Of course, 99.9% of those years, I was diapering many small children, begging everyone to, "please stop touching me for heaven's sake," sneaking into the bathroom for alone time, wearing the same soiled tee shirt not only for days on end, but also to bed, and forgetting to breathe.
 So you can't really blame me for not wanting to add a dog into the mix.  I wasn't myself.


Of course years passed, Huggies became a distant memory, and bedtime prayers began centering on one topic.  "Dear God, please, please, please help my mommy and daddy to buy me a dog."  To my way of thinking, that is not fighting fair.  And of course you know what happened.  We caved and brought home a wiggly little furball two years ago, this week.  She has more than wormed her way into my affections, and yet I can't harbor even the slightest resentment toward her.  It's sick really.  And then there's the lessons she so clearly demonstrates for me... the ones I can't seem to work out on my own.
Recently, Lucy was driving me crazy with her ball.  It was bouncing all over the house, getting stuck under things, which would cause her to whine and paw at my couch until I'd get up, bend down and dig out that stupid ball.  Then she'd do it again five minutes later, causing me to mutter, "Alright that's it, we need to get a bigger ball."  Finally, I'd had enough.  I picked it up, intending to put it away.  But when I turned around, there she was, wagging her tail, staring that ball down.  I told her to sit.  She sat, all the while never taking her eyes off the treasure resting in my palm.  I told her to stay and then I moved it up, down, side to side, and her eyes never once left the ball.  I wanted her to look at me, but she was completely fixated on getting that ball back.  At the time it seemed funny...
 ...until I compared it to myself.  And I realized something.  I'm just like Lucy.  When I want something- a fixed relationship, a new clothing item, an answer to prayer, or anything else- I focus entirely on the thing, rather than the Giver of the thing.  It made me wonder... what would improve if I forced myself to look up from the item in God's palm, and into His face instead.  What if I stopped doing what was habit and comfortable, and just rested my eyes on His face alone, waiting for His move?  His command?   I'm willing to bet, things would fall neatly into place a whole lot easier if I did that.
 So though I love my stinky 38 pound mutt to pieces, I don't want to be like her.  I want to surrender my will, and focus on Him.  How about you?  Anything you've been clinging to that He might be asking you to lay down and look not at the thing, but at His face?  Let's do it together...

All to Jesus I surrender; all to Him I freely give.  I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily life.  I surrender all, I surrender all.  All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. 

20 comments:

  1. as the owner of 4 dogs (plus 2 horses, a cat and now a goldfish) I can totally relate! ha!
    but I know what you mean about focusing on God, I wonder if he tires of me doing the same thing over and over?!! thank God he loves me!
    I appreciate your post!

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  2. Wow! So beautifully put...Surrender is something I need to do everyday, thanks for the reminder.

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  3. Thank you for posting that today! Totally what I needed to hear and be reminded of. Being patient for God to set everything in a perfect place so it's the best for me instead of just okay hasn't been easy, you are such an encouragement! Hope you have a blessed Monday!

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  4. Thank you LMM for sharing these words! I stop by your blog often for inspiration (love all your decor ideas!) and I thought I should let you know how much I enjoy your reading your posts. Lucy is adorable by the way...I could use a Lucy snuggle right about now :)

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  5. I have never thought of that in that way before. Great post!

    Btw, Lucy reminds me of my dog, Major, my hubby and I had a few years ago. Sadly he got sick and ran away and we ended up moving and didn't know where he was. He looked just like Lucy. My son was a baby when he left so he doesn't even remember him! Major loved my son though...he was his protector! :)

    God bless!

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  6. Question for you.... how did you make the stamped names of God ribbon? where did you buy the stamps and how did you get it to look so great. I'm NOT a crafter so I have no clue. I love this and would like to do it on burlap ribbon maybe a little smaller... can you buy these stamps at hobby lobby or order them? I am dying to do this now!

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  7. Question for you.... how did you make the stamped names of God ribbon? where did you buy the stamps and how did you get it to look so great. I'm NOT a crafter so I have no clue. I love this and would like to do it on burlap ribbon maybe a little smaller... can you buy these stamps at hobby lobby or order them? I am dying to do this now!

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  8. Love the hymn at the end my dear! Love it!!!

    Another lesson I have learned - complete grace from my pooch. I can step on his tail, neglect to take him on a walk, or NOT throw the ball, and at the end of the day no matter how many offenses, he is there laying on my feet to warm them up, while we unwind. An amazing God like characteristic, coming from a slobbery pooch I don't even have to ask for it! Puppies can teach good things too! :)

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  9. ohmygosh woman do you make me THINK.

    : ) thanks be to god..for u. seriously youre a messenger.

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  10. Oh I just want to give Lucy and big kiss on the nose, so sweet. The world would be a much nicer place if people behaved half as well as their dogs. I need to surrender all, especially my marriage. Onle God can make us whole. Sweet Blessings!

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  11. well amen sista friend. i love how you relate real life to His plan for our real life. awesome post. that dog is so stinkin' cute!

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  12. what does it say about me that there is something for me to surrender to Jesus every.single.day?

    I hope it says that I'm desperate for him cause I am!

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  13. Seems Lucy and I have a lot in common..... Great post..

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  14. I learn a lot of life lessons from my little black purring furball. Like how to rest. And I think that is something God wants me to learn to do. Rest. In. Him.

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  15. Totally agree...it's so stinkin' hard sometimes, that "thing" (whatever it is) can be VERY very distracting!

    Great post and great reminder, thanks Sasha! :)

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  16. i love that we learn things from our sweet furry friends.
    i love your life lesson from lucy & her focus on what she wanted.
    gosh i'm so much like that too

    ox

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  17. I needed to hear that today. Thank you!

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  18. Great post and I loved the dog. I'm a dog lover and treat our black lab/border collie like he's my little boy. Hubs asks me why I talk to him the way I do. I love him so much. When I talk to him about things he's done that are a little naughty he listens and when he goes to do it again I remind him about our talk and he doesn't do it anymore. I had a mental problem when my kids were small/growing up so guess I want to make up for it with our dog. Is that dumb to think that way?

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