Learning from a dog

Learning about God from a dog.

Donnie - who am I to complain?

But then, who am I to complain?

I’ve been so tired the last month or so. Donnie, the little guy in the picture, has to go out and do his business every hour or two, pretty much 24-7. I get so little sleep that I’m constantly exhausted.

But then, who am I to complain? Donnie’s the one whose kidneys are failing.

Trust in God's peace – living with cancer

Trust in God’s peace – living with cancer

God’s peace: Just over six months ago, I was diagnosed with cancer.  The genomic testing from the biopsy said I could wait for treatment and go into what they called active surveillance.  Part of the active surveillance is a rotation between biopsies and MRI’s.  According to the biopsy, as I said, it was reasonably safe to go into the surveillance mode.  They give the percentage chance that the cancer will spread beyond where it is, then you make your decision whether to remove it, treat it, or wait.  I chose to wait.

The thing is, years ago I think that waiting would have driven me crazy.  So much uncertainty.  Fear and anxiety.  And that would lead to depression.  Which would then lead to a desire to die.  Thoughts of suicide.  That’s the way I was.

But now, it hasn’t been that way.  Yes, I have the head knowledge to know that I can trust in God to take care of me.  And yes, I have the head knowledge to know that the next life is what’s most important.  But head knowledge doesn’t get rid of the fear and the anxiety.  It just can’t.

It’s only through what we Christians call heart knowledge that those things can be overcome

Trust in God; Trust also in me

Trust in God; Trust also in me – especially with cancer

Trust in God; Trust also in me – but how and why?

Interesting, isn’t it? The why part is actually relatively easy to see.  If we trust God, then our hearts won’t be troubled.  That’s the goal, isn’t it?

But the how part.  Even though I want the goal of not worrying, not being troubled, trust is so hard to come by.

The thing is, from watching the dogs I’ve had, I can see that trust is possible between them and me.  Even Hachiko, the most scared dog of all, came to trust me.  Even though things happened, like the can of paint.

So if I take the relationship between Hachiko and me – use it to see what a relationship could be like between me and God – it helps.  Helps me, anyway.

Each day has enough trouble of its own

Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Isn’t that the truth?  I’m guessing pretty much everyone reading this feels that way.  It’s true.  But do you know where it comes from?  Further, why it was said?  I’ve known the where part for decades.  I’ve been learning the why part for the past ten years.  From my dogs.  All five of them.

No – you’re not in the wrong place.  This is about Jesus and Christianity.  And dogs.  Why not?  Dogs are part of God’s creation too.  In fact, back when the movie version of The Shack came out, I wrote the following as my conclusion to what I titled, Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’?

Should God choose to present Himself to me as a dog (if He hasn’t already) – I would totally understand why, and be thrilled that He chose to present Himself in a way that was not in the least threatening to me.

Another sad day. And yet, …

However, there’s another choice – remember the sadness, acknowledging the hole left in our lives – but also remember all the happy times, the things they brought to our lives, and the things they brought and continue to bring to other people’s lives.

Still learning from a dog

But he’s still happy. He doesn’t have the energy he once did. He conserves it for what’s important – barking at the mailman, at other dogs, at birds, helicopters that he can see from the back windows.

Learning from a dog – again

What if we just trusted God – the one who’s in a similar relationship with us – as Dewey is to my wife & I? What if we were up for whatever He had for us – even if it seems to be painful at the time? What if we had Dewey’s attitude – we’re happy for the relationships – and just assume that whatever’s happening will be good for us.

Little Replicas of God (Part 2)

And now I see first hand my own choice to do this – to blame Him or not – to trust Him or not – to allow His good intention to be played out or not – to be part of His plan – or to walk away from Him.

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