Monday, March 28, 2011

Adoration or Expectation?

My dog has become high maintenance. Daisy is a 11 year old terrier-spaniel mix that has been in our family for 10 years.

When Daisy was young we trained her to bump the blinds with her head when she needed to go outside. When she wanted to come back in, she'll scratch the door with her paw and wait for me to let her in.

Lately, Daisy has less patience than she used to. Instead of tapping her head against the blinds, she now bangs them with a loud thump. She stares me down when I don't jump right up to let her outside. After moments outside (without taking care of 'business') she scratches at the door and barks at the top of her lungs.

In fact, everything she does to communicate with me has become a little snarky. To ask for food or water she will drag her bowls around the kitchen until I trip over them and fill them up again. She pulls her bed around the house, and growls when I try to move it out of the way.

You're probably thinking she sounds like a pretty smart dog. And she is. She's a smart dog who's developed a bad attitude. Once upon a time, Daisy adored me. She was so excited to spend time with me and she hung on my every word. Somehow over the years, the relationship changed. She no longer hopes for things, she expects them. She's no longer happy sitting at my feet, she demands I do things for her. When I finally do what she wants, it doesn't keep her happy for long.

Are you just like Daisy? Has your relationship with God turned from adoration to expectation? Do you still love to sit at His feet and spend time with Him? Or are you more focused on what God can do for you? When He does bless you, are you thankful or do you just expect more?

Daisy is a sweet dog. Despite her new attitude, I love her and want the best for her. God loves us beyond measure...are we adoring Him?

Be blessed,

“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made...” Luke 10: 39-40a


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