I walked in
the door after being away for a day and Carl was there to jump up and welcome
me. I admit that I love the unsolicited encouragement that both he and Bee
lavish upon me, no matter how long I have been away.
Dogs are so
wonderful when it comes to demonstrating their unconditional love for us
humans. Particularly when we don’t
deserve it. They don’t keep a record of wrongs.
All they want is to receive a little attention and stroking of the fur
and they’re good to go.
encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that
none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)
Wow, if we
could take a lesson from our four legged friends, everyone would be in such a
better place. If every day, we could
encourage (pour courage) into the ones that are closest to us, what a better
world we would live in.
It was clear
that Bee was bitter about her situation.
It had been three weeks of hearing the casted paw clunk across the
wooden floor. Bee’s freedom had been compromised and instead of free reign of
going in and out, she had to have her paw wrapped before going out into the
As she dealt
with the uncomfortable cast, her brother, Carl didn’t miss a beat. He pranced right by his sister to go in and
out as he pleased. After weeks of being immobilized, Bee had shown signs of a
deep seated anger that could be clearly seen as she watched her brother run
circles around her.
Moses’s sister knew bitterness. She had lived with it for years as she watched
her brother take center stage. She was fed up with being a supporting actress
so she corralled her brother Aaron into helping her cause. But when she tried
to slander Moses in front of the Israelites, God burned with anger.
finished speaking, Miriam was covered with leprosy from head to toe. Miriam was
banished from the Israelite camp and if it wasn’t for Moses’ plea for her, she
would have died alone. (Numbers 12:1-3)
days, Miriam lived alone in her bitterness. Because of her sin, everything was
put on hold. The people of God were stuck.
what a sour heart does to us? Keeps us
separated and stuck. Unable to move forward in the direction that God wants us
It’s too bad
that Bee doesn’t understand how her feelings towards Carl can only hurt her.
But as I observe her, I can be reminded of the dangers of focusing on the
blessings of others, when God has so many blessings just for me.
stuck. It has been several nights that he has not budged from the couch. No matter what I say to him, he refuses to
get up and go back to the chair that has been his bed for countless nights.
several theories that may be causing my little guy to choose the isolation of
the living room over the bedroom where we all have been joined together for the
last couple of years. He could be avoiding Bee, who he has been fearful of or
he could just be content with being stuck in the couch.
If you live
long enough in this world, you will encounter a sticky place in life. We can be
moving forward and then something occurs that gets us to stay put. The cause can come out of nowhere or it can
be as simple as settling into a routine.
encountered lots of stuck people. Some
that seemed more set in their ways than others. It was evident that the paralyzed
man that sat at the pool of Bethesda was stuck. He had been sitting at the pool
for years waiting for someone to help him so that he could be healed. There was
also the Samaritan woman who had been stuck in the cycle of sleeping with men
to meet a need that she believed couldn’t be met in any other way.
examples are obvious but have you ever thought of Martha being stuck? Here was
a woman that opened her house up for Jesus and was busy preparing a meal for
him. How can her innocent behavior be
perceived as being stuck? If you take away the layers of duty and good works,
you will see someone stuck in bitterness and resentment.
totally relate to being stuck where Martha was. For years, I took pride in my
works and as I looked around, anger would come gushing out towards the people
that weren’t working as hard as I was. My heart grew a hard shell towards
people that I believed were getting an easy pass in life.
Jesus spoke to me through Martha. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are
worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only
one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke
envision Jesus doing what I do a lot with both Carl and Bee. He took his
fingers and pointed them right at me and then turned them towards Him. “Cora,
Cora, you are worried and upset about many things. Take your focus off of
others and place them on me.”
been so much better since the stickiness of bitterness and resentment have been
unglued. I can’t say they don’t come to visit every once in a while but if I
keep my eyes on my savior, I can keep them from sealing onto my heart.
still stuck to the couch and the fear that must be keeping him there.
Hopefully, he will make a decision to unglue himself but until then, I know
where I can find him.