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A Certain Kind of Laziness

There is a laziness settling in all around us.  Cold temperatures have recently dropped down into the 30’s and a chilling sensation has crept in.  For the first time all year, the switch has been flipped and the gas fire place produces an inviting warmth throughout the house. Carl and Bee lay lethargic on their beds only feet away from the gas induced flames.  Motivation to even move has seeped out of these sleeping dogs and been replaced by comatose state. Carl’s nose begins to twitch and he struggles to open his eyes as I approach.

Usually, Carl is in constant motion but the heat of the fire has sucked all the energy out from him. I hesitate to turn the fire place off and have my dog return to his rambunctious state. He seems so peaceful as he sleeps away the morning hours.

Just watching Carl produces a desire in me to lay on the couch and close my eyes. But I push myself away from this notion and force myself to work. This strong impulse to draw towards the fire and rest becomes harder to resist and my will begins to be tested.

I sometimes wonder how often Jesus must have wanted to rest during his three years of ministry on this earth. What kept him from retreating to be alone except to spend time with his Father? How did he stay motivated to teach the masses, heal the sick, and feed the hungry? And lastly, knowing how he would die, what gave him the motivation to move towards the cross and not away from it?

I believe that the answer can be found in Hebrews 12:2. It states, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

You may ask what the joy is that is stated here.  Could he be referring to being back with his father? Or could he be thinking about spending eternity with his followers? I believe it is both.  Being in heaven with God and his redeemed motivated him to get up every morning and focus on his eternal mission.

So, I have only one choice this morning. Get up off the couch, turn off the fire place, and focus on heavenly things. As for Carl, he finally got up as well. And as the heat left his body, he transformed back into the active little fellow that I have become to know so well.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

One thought on “A Certain Kind of Laziness

  1. Cora, what a wonderful message for us all. Right now I am not dealing as much with laziness as I am patience in waiting on God. We still have not found a place for him. The consultant working with us has certainly followed every lead she has been given…thankfully she is also a friend. I certainly would never be able to afford her services. God is good….ALL the time! Love to you and Jay.

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