Well over a year and a half ago, a friend sent me a text with the picture of a bulldog puppy. My family had been wanting a bulldog for years. My husband is the one that started it and got the kids to support him because they always take his side…which is as it should be. I had always said when we get rid of the carpet and replace it with tile, THEN we MAY get a dog. My husband, who did understand the logic of this due to the fact that he works in people’s homes every day and has seen some pretty nasty things under the carpets of pet owners, reluctantly agreed. And then the thing that I thought would never happen, happened! Bye-bye carpet, hello to the most beautiful tile floors! Gorgeous, aren’t they?
Most of our friends knew about the bulldog dreams of my husband, hence the text.
So that’s how we find ourselves, nearly two years later with Waffles, our bulldog. And though I had a few meltdowns in the beginning during the puppy training stages…like the time she decided to use Cayman’s baby book for a chew toy…I have acknowledged her as a member of our home. She is not allowed on the furniture and we never give her people food. Well…I can’t help that she gets what drops while I’m cooking. Many of these pics are iPhone pics Waffles doesn’t wait for me to get the camera.
Seriously, she lays right underneath me while I make dinner trusting in my clumsiness. At times, I think she even trips me on purpose! (Don’t tell her that sometimes the accidental piece of cheese or shred of meat that drops isn’t as accidental as it appears).
And though I find it aggravating that she sleeps all day while I’m busy……actually, that part is delightful! But the second I sit down after dinner and evening chores are done, she decides to get an energy burst and want to play bucking bronco……that’s the aggravating part! But I sure do love that my feet are always warm while I eat dinner because her soft belly or chin is laying on them. And I find it especially adorable that she follows me from room to room on cleaning day and lays there until I move on to the next room.
However, whenever you WANT her to come to you, she will NOT come.
Every morning and evening, I take her for a walk. She appears to like the walk, happily strutting through the neighborhood, accepting the adoration of our neighbors with a wagging tail. Seriously, she has a fan club that rivals Justin Bieber! And she’s way cuter! But as soon as you go for that leash, she stays out of your reach like a giant game of keep-away.
Now, bulldogs aren’t known for their high energy, so a twice-a-day walk is one way we keep her active and fit. She likes it. It’s good for her.
And as we went through our morning ritual of my pretending that I wasn’t the least bit interested in her until she got close enough for me to snatch her by the collar and bring her to her leash, a spiritual truth hit me! (I know, it’s always at the weirdest times)!
But isn’t that how we are as Christians?
We say we are willing to do whatever the Lord asks us. We sing about it in church. We say it on our prayers. We teach about it in our Sunday School classes.
BUT, what we really mean is we are willing to do whatever the Lord asks us…on our terms!!! Just like Waffles and her walk.
Yes, Lord, I want to serve you through ministry…but not that one. It just doesn’t fit in my schedule.
Matthew 27:55 “And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:…”
Yes, Lord, I would set no evil thing before my eyes…but this show is so entertaining.
Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:…”
Yes, Lord, we want to walk with you, but we don’t want to wear your leash!
Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Does Waffles get out of wearing the leash because she runs? No. Like Jonah, she can do it the easy way or the hard way.
All in all, Waffles has fit in very well with our family. She’s a delight, most of the time. She makes us laugh. She gives us affection. She has a pretty mean bark to ward off intruders (who, I hope, never figure out that she only wants to lick them to death).
- What spiritual lessons have you learned unexpectedly?