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From a Distance

The car slowed to a stop and the man rolled his window down.  Not sure what he was going to say, both my husband and I leaned in. “I just want you to know that you have a good looking dog.” As we thanked him, we couldn’t help but say back in jest, “You can have him, if you want.” (We were just kidding!)

I have also seen Carl from a distance and have to agree that he sure is cute and desirable. But what Carl is from a distance and what he is up, close and personable are totally two different things.

What is it about us humans that cause us to crave the things that are at a distance? So often, we feel the need to have the very thing that can cause us such heartache.

All the Samaritan woman wanted was to have a husband that loved her and she ended up with five broken marriages and a compromised life. The rich young ruler only wanted his wealth and ended up lacking the peace that comes from putting God first.

Jesus clearly tells us in John 6:36 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

If we can only stop looking in the distance for the bread of life and turn to the source, we will finally be content and full.

I personally can’t imagine life without Carl.  Even though it has been difficult at times, I am thankful God has used this little dog to help me draw closer to Him so that I don’t have to continue to desire what is at a distance.

Our Deepest Desire

It was clear what Carl wanted. We were sitting at the breakfast table when Carl placed his paws in my lap.  Looking at me with those soulful brown eyes, if he could speak, he would be asking for some of the sausage dish that could be seen on our plates.

I pushed his paws off me and firmly told him that he would not be getting any food off my plate. With a sad demeanor, Carl turned from me and slowly walked back to the couch and curled up in his familiar spot.56605741629__FFAC95CB-502E-4A67-BCDA-3817A1CED79C

Carl is not the only one that wants.  We all do.  And the want list only seems to increase during the holiday season. Children are conditioned from birth that Christmas means getting what you want. Presents are stacked under the tree by parents with the hope that their loved ones will find enjoyment from the gifts that are given.

But if you think about it, will the presents fill the desire of what we really want?  As the gifts are unwrapped, a sense of anticipation rises up in our hearts. But no matter what is inside, it just can’t give us the long lasting satisfaction that we all yearn for.

So where can we find this satisfaction that our hearts so desperately desires? Will it be in the things that take up the space in our homes? Or in the accomplishment of a lifetime goal? Could it come through a relationship that has been sought after?

What if our greatest want or desire could be satisfied by the baby in the manger? The newborn cuddled up in the hay.

Take a long look at the babe.  The one that the angel told the shepherds to come worship.  The one that the star directed the wise men to. God’s only son. Christ the king.

So often we lose sight of the gift that God has given us. The only gift that will fill the void that He actually created within us.  So in this season, let us not forget the reason to celebrate. If this means opening up your Bible and reading the story as it is actually written, do it. Or if music can resonate in your heart, play music that is intended for worship of our savior’s birth.

Carl will surely return to the table and try to persuade me to give him what he wants. And as he places his paws on my lap and looks at me with his soulful brown eyes, I will use this as a reminder of what is truly desired.IMG_4656

“Thank you Lord for sending your only begotten Son to earth as a baby. I want to particularly thank you for allowing this baby to grow into a man, one that understands my frailty and temptations. Thank you for allowing Him to die on the cross so that I can live life to the fullest.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Not

Today I drove down to New Bern to spend time with my father-in-law. I made a reservation at a hotel that overlooks the Neuse River and looks out over the massive bridges that connect the land masses. As I gaze over the water to the other side where houses line the shore, I think about how wonderful it would be to own a house on the water. These thoughts take me away into a place in my mind that isn’t real.

Just yesterday, I was listening to the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow and thinking about how Dorothy dreamed of a place she could escape to. Life was not good for her and particularly for her dog Toto. An angry neighbor with a terrible attitude wanted to put Toto down and Dorothy had only one solution.  She ran away.

But as we know, life only got worse for Dorothy as she tried to get home. A tornado swept her up into the sky and she ended up in a foreign land. After that, all she wanted to do was go home to how life was before she ran away.

As I think of Dorothy, my thoughts gravitate towards Adam and Eve and the decision they made in Eden. Here are two people with every need met and a close relationship with God. So why did they give it all up? What made the fruit so attractive to them? How did Satan know how to seduce them away from the perfection of the lives they shared with God? Simple. Tell them there is more, something better, just over the rainbow.

And if we ask ourselves, how often do we get caught up in the land of want? In Psalm 23:1 it states, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” How hard is it to not be constantly thinking about life with more things, more vacations, and more fun? For most of it, literally impossible. But the answer is in the five previous words. “The Lord is my shepherd.” When we allow God to lead us in our own personal pasture and trust that he has given us all we need, our thoughts turn from what we want to being grateful for what we have.

So instead of thinking about the house across the river, I will focus on all my many blessings that keep being poured out and instead of being discontent with I don’t have, I will be happy with what is mine.