Vern’s Lack of Power

Since Vern has been on vacation, he has taken over. Now he wants to drive the golf cart. But since he can’t reach the pedals, I’m not going to worry about him driving off.  If Vern isn’t riding around in the golf cart, he can be found protecting our cottage from furious terriers or miniature poodles that walk by.

Vern has enjoyed the dog park, smelling all those wonderful scents that come from prior visits by other canines. But if asked, he would tell you that licking the left over ice cream from our cups is his favorite camping activity.

Bee has taken a more vocal approach. She doesn’t hesitate to let every dog that walks by know she is queen. Even though the gated porch or leash keep her away from other dogs, she lets everyone know she rules.

Even though it’s clear that Bee doesn’t rule, she lives under the false allusion that she does.  Before we give her a hard time, how often do we think we have more power than we actually do? So often we go through life feeling in control and then we are all given a lesson, like Covid, that lets us know that we are clearly not.

So Noah’s descendants, who all spoke the same language, thought they had a great idea. “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heaven; let us make a name for ourselves.”(Genesis 11:4)

God looked down from heaven and had other plans. Not wanting man to glorify themselves, He scattered them across the face of the earth and gave them different languages so when they tried to speak, it sounded like babel.

We all can think we have control. Vern does and so does Bee. As easy as it is to know they have very little power, if we look at God’s word, we will quickly realize how little we have. That’s okay. As much as I love my dogs and take care of their powerless beings, I can’t even come close to the protection God extends to us.

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  1. I get it. There are so many things I try to control in my life and then everything gets discombobulated and I find myself frustrated and anxious. God says to me, “Be still and know that I am God.” Then I just need to take a deep breath and say, thank you, Lord.

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