Our dogs were on the naughty list this year AGAIN. Our dog Baylie on Christmas Eve ate a birthday cake for Jesus. On Christmas morning our dog Pepper ate a whole box of color crayons, and is sure to leave a rainbow of little crayon deposits in our back yard. Then later on Christmas day we find Baylie eating a snowman candle. ARGHH!
A couple other Christmas memories I have shared before was Baylie as a puppy getting shocked by chewing the Christmas lights and also making one of our Nativity sets her chew toy.. God was NOT amused.
Now please do not call PETA claiming we do not feed our pets, because this is simply not true. I could send you pictures that verify they are not starving. They are not starving they are simply naughty. <pause> More accurately they are simply being dogs, and do not aspire in the New Year to do any better than be dogs. So bottom line is they simply did NOT get any presents from us this year. Not a rawhide, chew toy or Lassie on DVD.
Our dogs reside in our fenced yard, but when Baylie was a younger dog she would often dig under the fence and become the prodigal dog who did not return home on her own. We had to catch her. In similar ways I have wandered outside the boundaries declared by God to be safe.
My dogs are also not good to take on walks.. they pull and yelp like they are sled dogs in a race. This is maddening to my wife and I. In parallel I find on my spiritual journey I tend to pull and stray instead of being content with walking peacefully led by my God.
My prayer today is that each of you have a relationship with God where you know even if you 'go prodigal' you are blessed beyond your dreams with His love and Patience.