Locked in Discontentment

The sound started almost as a whimper but before I knew it, the howl was so loud that I had to clasp my hands over my ears. Carl looked at me straight in the eye, raised his head, and continued the piercing howl. What was Carl wanting from me? I knew he had been fed and that is belly was full. He had recently come back in from doing his business and his mouth was wet from water that he just drunk. So why was Carl so discontent?

What was it about this little dog that caused him to never be quite satisfied with his present situation? How could Bee, my female dog, be happy just laying on her bed while Carl was constantly seeking something that was just out of his reach?

If you think about it, Carl is not much different from the majority of the people living on this planet. Advertisements swarm the airways trying to convince us that if we would just buy the product, we would be happy. People roam from marriage to marriage or town to town expecting fulfillment that they lack in the here and now. Why do we think that if we could just have more that we would be satisfied?

Paul writes to the church in Philippi out of love and concern. He knew that these people struggled with being persecuted and he wanted them to look at their circumstances in a positive light. Knowing that Paul was writing this letter from a prison cell, the people had to be encouraged by his words.

Philippians 11b-12 states, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

What had Paul learned that we could all take in and apply to our own lives? How could he actually be content locked in a prison that was nasty, cold, and dangerous? He tells us in Philippians 13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

If we can focus on Jesus, the author and creator of life, then the circumstances we are living in will lose their hold on us. By shifting our gaze off of the world and unto our eternal King, His spiritual lens will sharpen our perspective.

As for Carl, I am resolved to just love the little fella through his times of discontentment. And maybe he will feel the compassion that is necessary to enjoy the moment. But even if he doesn’t come around, I will strive to find the hidden source of contentment in his loud piercing howl.


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….

2 thoughts on “Locked in Discontentment

    1. Kathleen, I am so glad that the blog was helpful. I believe God has put it on my heart in this season of my life to write about how Jesus is our provider during the joyful and sorrowful times of our lives. We all have our own unique ministry and you definitely have an incredible one through your card ministry. Have a blessed day..

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