Friday, May 4, 2012

The Naughty Dog

So, Naughty dog hasn't given Fur Ball much notice. I don't think he believes Fur Ball is even alive, I think he has been telling himself all this time that Fur Ball is a new stuffed animal that our noisy children have brought home. But, his world of denial came crashing down around him, last night.  Fur Ball, after intentionally walking into the shower, on his own, for his spa treatment. was rather frisky for the rest of the evening. Naughty dog suddenly realized that he better establish in Fur Balls mind whose in charge, and he better do it right away.
So he started with a growl, and a couple circles around Fur Ball, thinking that should do it. But, Fur Ball didn't even notice this form of intimidation. Fur Ball placed his paw on The Naughty Dog and challenged him for more.  The Naughty Dog showed some teeth and did a little pounce, all of which Fur Ball found very playful, and did a bigger pounce! Around and around they went, each time The Naughty Dog becoming more and more frustrated that Fur Ball simply would not listen to his warnings. The Naughty  Dog, I think was beginning to worry that he had lost his job as top dog in the house. Fur Ball was all about play, and could care less about what obeying his threatening commands. The Naughty Dog even tried to corner Fur Ball in another room and make him stay there, but Fur Ball would have nothing to do with such ideas and simply jumped over The Naughty Dog and continued on with his annoying play, ignoring the growls, the teeth, and the obnoxious threats.
Fur Ball has figured out who he is. He sits in the front seat of the Land Rover now, He lays on the bed. He walks into the shower. He belongs here, and not even The Naughty Dog can tell him otherwise. He is wanted, loved, accepted, and he will behave accordingly.
This morning as Fur Ball followed me down the stairs to sit with me by the fire, I noticed that The Naughty  Dog stayed upstairs. He has a lot to think about today. Maybe he's not in charge anymore.
I know God continually reminds me that I am not in charge. If I want my life to work, He is the One that must be in charge. I read Psalms 139 this morning and I love this part:
"You scrutinize my path and  my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me."
He knows who I am, He is acquainted with all my ways,  and all my words. He has a Hedge around me, His Hand upon me!  The enemy cannot touch me, and just like Fur Ball, I can rest in my identity, because I know  Who I belong to.
Say That Again, Heavenly Father, You are intimately acquainted with all my ways, You have enclosed me.

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