Slammed Doors

Just days ago, I was referring to Bee as Leo’s nurse but I am not sure what to call her now. Two nights ago, I had gotten up for the middle of the night feeding and after distributing food to the three dogs, I slipped back into bed. It was then that I knew something was different.

After finishing her food, Bee made her way back into the bedroom and sat erect on the rug next to my bed. She seemed alert and ready for something, but I wasn’t sure what.

A couple of minutes passed and she didn’t back down from her stance. Then it happened. Carl slowly made his way down the hall and just before entering the room, Bee began to growl and sprang towards the defenseless pooch.

Even though it was the middle of the night and my husband was fast asleep, I had to let her know that this behavior was not acceptable. So with a harsh verbal command, Bee retreated.

I am still not sure why Bee acted in the manner that she did. It could be that she is just fed up with all the changes that have taken place in her life. She might be telling her male canines that she is not going to be pushed over because she is a smaller female.

Don’t we all feel this way every once in a while? Life is okay when one or two minor modifications take place, but when we get slammed with a huge change that doesn’t appear to be budging, we may respond like Bee did the other night.

We all have a choice on how we respond to the slamming doors in our lives. We can act irrationally or we can look upward for insight and comfort. Throughout the Gospel of John, there are many references to the reaction of the people regarding Jesus. He was definitely a door slammer to all of the religious community of the day.

But it is the Pharisees that really get me. These men had been studying the law and the Old Testament. They should have been the first ones to embrace the Messiah. But all they saw was a slamming door.

By the time Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead and many of the parishioners had begun to follow him, the religious leaders were fed up. Instead of looking to God and realizing that this man was the Son of God, they became angry due to their lack of control.

I am sure all of us have reacted like the religious leaders did when our lives have been modified without our permission. Thankfully, Bee was more relaxed last night and was able to let Carl and Leo slip past her without incident. Maybe she has actually learned to accept what she doesn’t have the power to change. Hope so.

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