2015-02-25 - Ebb and Flow
I've been thinking, lately, about how our seasons of life ebb and flow. Also, I have been thinking about how important it is to seize all of the moments within the tides that become our story of our time here. My sweet Miniature Dachshund, Louie, has shown me such bravery in the face of illness, and how grateful I feel to have been part of his life - as well as him in mine. I was there when he was born, very likely will be at the taking of his last breath, as well as all of the stuff in between. Lately, I am reminded of how I need to help him keep his independence as long as possible, and not get impatient with it not working in my time, or in a manner that is comfortable for me. Even if it's because I want to protect him from the unkindness of illness, it isn't my place to do more than love and care for him, however it suits preserving his dignity right down to the end.
We were put here to be servants of God's will and not our own, also being open to teachable moments, even in the most difficult of circumstances. The Bible never said things would be easy, rather shares the opposite. That must be why it's self-described by the father as “truth”. I prefer the truth, yet we have to tune into the fact that truth is not often synonymous with easy. And this time with Louie has been particularly challenging, yet I have been blessed with confirmation or truth and how sharing that love and life from the truth makes every moment worthwhile, even the hard ones.
“Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant.” (1 Corinthians 7:20-22 KJV)
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil 4:6-8 KJV)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:1-14 KJV)
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