Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Tale of Two Dogs

As I waited for the light to turn green, I caught a flash of something white in the corner of my eye. I looked to see a sprightly young Jack Russell terrier leaping up and down. Then he'd grab his bone and run around his yard aimlessly. Soon he was leaping again and chasing birds.

Meanwhile, an older hound dog with a silky tan coat was lounging in the sun. He was aware of the younger dog's antics, but didn't seem to care. The sun was warm and bright and this dog was making the most of his sunbathing opportunity. Watching the hound dog roll around to find the perfect tanning position made me laugh out loud.

The stark difference between the two dogs reminded me of a few people we know from the Bible—Mary and Martha. Luke 11 tells the story of Jesus and the disciples coming to dinner in Mary and Martha's home. Like the little terrier, Martha busied herself with several tasks at once. She was so busy preparing the meal, cleaning up, taking care of the details that she didn't slow down to focus on her honored guest. Mary, on the other hand, is like the hound dog. She chose not to help her sister, but instead she sat at the feet of Jesus and basked in His glory.

So which dog are you? Are you the young terrier, running around going from one thing to the next? Or are you the hound dog? Taking time to rest and bask in God's glory. I don't know about you, but I think it's time to unleash my inner hound dog...

Be blessed,


Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)


Stephen Caravana-Publisher said...

Hello Jennifer,

Your portrayal of what is man's failure to recognize the presence of God in our lives is sad but oh so true. We are all guilty of not recognizing our Heavenly Father when he is there within our midst-performing miracles for us to bear witness to. Sadly, we fail to realize it is Him. We are blinded by the world around us and by all the meaningless distractions in the world that prevent us from recognizing our loving God.

If you are interested I will share with you how God revealed himself to me-again, and perhaps saved my life, while driving home following a severe New England snow storm this past Saturday night. It is not just by chance that I survived the near tragedy, but rather the will and grace of a loving Father.

Keep up your fine work!


Stephen at

Unknown said...

Thanks for you comment, Stephen. I'm thankful that although we may not always see God, He continues to give us the opportunity. Such grace!
I'd love to hear your story, feel free to email me at

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