“Listen to this… for your edification, I am reading from the book of Proverbs, sixth chapter, ninth verse…,” says Charlie Brown, as he opens the Bible and shows it to Snoopy, who is lying on the roof of his doghouse. “How long, you loafer, will you lie there? How long until you rise from your sleep?”
Snoopy takes the Bible and starts flipping the pages, stops, and then hands it back to Charlie Brown, pointing. Charlie Brown reads, “Chapter twelve, verse 10. ‘A good man cares if his beast is hungry.’”
While in the kitchen getting Snoopy some dog food, Charlie Brown mutters, “I forgot that he use to teach Sunday school at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm!”
Although Texas, our Beagle (like Snoopy), is not debating theology with me, he has taught me a few spiritual lessons since becoming part of our clan.
Lesson One – Enjoy the Walk!
Texas loves to walk, or should I say, bound, leap and run! He loves to be outside with his nose to the ground sniffing out new adventures and things. Some days, the sunny warm days, I want to bound and leap down the street with him (after my third wake-up coffee that is!). Other days, when it is rainy and cold, I am walking purely out of responsibility because it is what is “expected” of me. On those days, there is no joy in the walk, just resentment and an urgency to get back to my comfortable home. He, on the other hand, is still eager, still bounding and leaping down the street no matter the cold or the rain!
“… And do not be grieved, for the Joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (ESV)
At our salvation, we did much dancing, leaping, and bounding, but the road has been long and winding for some of us. Now our walk holds less joy and more resentment. Some are barely surviving when we should be thriving!
“The thief (Satan) comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I come that you may have and ENJOY life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows, exceedingly abundant).” John 10:10 Amplified Bible
The abundant life is not one filled with earthly things! It is a supernatural life found only in Jesus. It is one that is not filled, but overflowing with peace and joy! Jesus is the source of my abundant life! It comes from Him and it continues with Him! Therefore, I must make sure that I am spending time with Him, not out of obligation, but because I love Him and desire to sit at His feet.
Lesson Two – Sometimes I need to be carried.
Texas loves his walks and looks forward to them each day. When he was a puppy, however, the walk was longer than his energy supply. His steps slowed and he would eventually stop, look up at me and whine. I could not resist those puppy eyes, so I would pick up his little body and carry him the rest of the way home.
At least once a week, I hand God my resignation letter! The Christian walk is a lot harder than I thought.
There is more rain than sunshine, and that rain is more often a pelting downpour than a gentle mist!! Then, there is the wind that takes my very breath away some days! Not to mention the hills – too many hills along this walk that seem too steep for me to climb!
I get tired. I get weary. I am not leaping and bounding anymore! I am not enjoying the walk. I have run out of strength.
The future is so uncertain!
I am at my wit’s end!
I don’t think I can make it!
Have you ever been ready to throw in the towel?
What did I do when Texas tired and the walk seemed too much for him?
I picked him up and carried him!
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 NIV
Enjoying the walk and realizing that sometimes I need to be carried are two important lessons learned while walking Texas.
Do you also need to be reminded?