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A Tender Side of Carl

All is calm. Leo left to go to the groomers and both Carl and Bee are resting quietly. Since Leo has been with us, I have noticed a tender side to Carl as he relates to Bee. He has been very protective of his Frenchie sister. Many times, I have caught him sitting very close to her and nipping tenderly at her ear.

This behavior reminds me of how a courting young man holds his girlfriend close to him. It also paints a picture of how God draws near to us in the midst of difficult situations.

Joseph was a man that went from being his father’s favorite with a promising career to a man who was imprisoned for no valid reason. Throughout the book of Genesis, Joseph’s life is portrayed for all of us in the darkest most trying times of our lives.

I am sure he had no idea why he was sold by his brothers to foreigners. And just when he seemed to be getting his life on track, Potiphar’s wife accuses him of rape and he is wrongly imprisoned. To make matters worse, he is forgotten by Pharaoh’s butler and left in the dungeon for two more years.

How often have we felt forgotten by close friends, family, and even God? It would appear by what had happened to Joseph, he could have focused on being forgotten. But he didn’t. Genesis 39:2-3 tells us, “The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.”

Joseph serves as a model to all of us in the depths of our suffering. He could have easily blamed God and become bitter but he didn’t. Instead Joseph focused on God and all the blessings that he had received even in the direst times of his life. Even the Egyptian, an ungodly man, saw this and contributed Joseph’s success to God.

Joseph didn’t understand why he had to go through such suffering but if we study our Bibles, it is clearly stated. In the same way, we don’t understand why we have to experience the trials that we go through but there will be a day when it will be revealed to us.

Watching Carl interact with his sister has been a great reminder of how God wants to comfort us in our times of need. Even though we can’t see God, if we pay close enough attention, we will be able to see the picture He is painting in our lives.

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.