Waiting is the hardest part!

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Do you remember that song from Tom Petty or am I the only one with my roots in the 80’s music? I love the oldies and those songs echo through the crevices in my brain every now and again. Waiting is the hardest part whether we are waiting for the woman of our dreams or that Great Pyrenees puppy that we’ve wanted all winter.

As spring fast approaches, our ability to wait for the good things that are coming can be mighty difficult. Sometimes, when these good things arrive I wonder why I was so anxious to see them as they didn’t seem to fill that hole. Other times they hit the spot just like a cold glass of water on a hot summer’s day after finishing mowing the lawn. One of the keys to having that “thing” hit the spot is just being plain satisfied with the things that God has given me today. Like enjoying my wife and family, the ability to walk without pain, scrambled eggs with cheese, new socks, or the snow melting on a sunny day. I am surrounded by so many gifts that I need to realize that it isn’t really about the gifts and I am reminded of these verses.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines,

Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food,

Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17,18

Our attitude of gratitude must first be centered on the goodness and presence of Jesus Christ which is eternal life! Then, even the most insignificant things will bring us indescribable pleasure!

The Wounded Thief

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I work as a Physical Therapist in a rural community enjoying a wide variety of challenges. Early on while working in Alaska, I treated a young thief who had been apprehended after firing numerous shots at some heroic police. I will spare the details involving the incident, but he was eventually apprehended alive with numerous life-threatening wounds.

     Loving to engage in small talk, I asked him many questions about how he picks his homes to burglarize. To my surprise, he described in detail how to get into just about every home style I know of in less than 15 seconds. The criminal mind is a pathetic place to live. However, he did have one home that he would never break into. A home with a dog!

     Picture a hardened criminal with tattooed tears on both sides of his face signifying himself as a murderer to his gang, tough as nails but scared of even a poodle! Evidently, at some point he had been bitten in the past and the teeth that hurt the worst are the ones that spring from nowhere.

     I love to hear stories about how dogs have done some selfless act of home defense. I think God made these amazing creatures to give us a glimpse of His desire to be our protector and ever faithful friend and I’m reminded of this.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

But, I love that God can work through your family guardian. What’s your home defense system!