Well, last week I posted the story of my mommy temper tantrum. This week, it’s a dog style tantrum. I’m sensing a theme in my life this month. I know God is refining me in some critical ways. I’m just thankful I don’t know “for what” yet. Sometimes, not knowing is so much easier!
Today was grooming day for our two dogs. It always seems to happen the same way. They can hardly wait to jump in the car. In fact, they are so excited I can barely get their leashes on. I don’t know where they think they are going. When there is a car ride involved, it’s usually the vet or the groomers. Neither of which they love. Maybe it’s just the idea of leaving the mundane. A new adventure beyond the house and yard. When we arrive at the groomers and they jump out of the car I have to drag them into the shop and sweet Miss Martha has to try to coax, carry and coddle them to the back for baths and haircuts. I decided dogs just don’t enjoy a good “get your hair done” or spa day like I do.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
On the tails (no pun intended) of my tantrum, their tantrum stood out to me. I realized how often I drag my feet, complain or fight (internally) when faced with a trial, difficult to love person, uncomfortable moment or other opportunity to show God’s love and just don’t want to, don’t have the energy to, time, desire or strength to.
Instead of seeing these moments as gifts to show God’s amazing grace, love, kindness, and mercy He has shown me ~ I see it as an ostacle, a problem, nuisance, pain, problem or bother. Why? Why? Why? Why can’t I embrace these moments every time they come my way. This is where my guilt and shame have a tendency to settle in. It’s easy to embrace the tough stuff when I’m happy, the kids aren’t arguing, the bills have been paid, my “to do” list is complete and all is right. Seriously, those days are a lot fewer and farther between than the days when all isn’t perfect.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:9-12
I can’t let my state of mind dictate my behavior, attitude, love, forgiveness and grace that I extend to others. When we are in touch with God’s Word and strength it’s possible to get ourselves and be the person God desires for us to be. I say instead of fighting and ending up exhausted, guilty and full of regret we stop tugging and pulling for control and turn it all over to God to handle. For if He is for us – who can be against us?!
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 13:13