Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Psalms 4:4 (KJV)
For the last 9 days, I have committed at least 15 minutes (early morning or before bed) to stillness and meditation. This isn’t random prayer, or the snatches of conversation in which I engage the Almighty (I have committed to continual prayer…keeping an open channel). This is time set aside for nothing but quiet meditative prayer. I slip in my ear buds, and assume a posture of repose on the floor. I’ve been using guided meditations, which I do in our library (the same place where I blog daily). My dog is usually asleep on the floor.
Sometimes, we want what we want,
and God’s peace and God’s timing
do not align with what we think we need.
Today I received another lesson from the dog...
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Here’s the lesson. This morning he was ready to exercise when I was ready to pray. He told me about it, repeatedly, and the urgency in his puppysong was evident. I, however was steadfast. And, in what become incredibly instructive, he submitted his will and desire to mine. He quieted down, placed his head on my tummy, and began to breathe easily.
In meditation there is focus upon the breath. Even breathing is evidence of a restive state. As my puppy tried valiantly to get his message across, his heart raced. He wanted to go out, walk, and play, and was not to be placated. I can so relate. Sometimes, we want what we want, and God’s peace and God’s timing do not align with what we think we need. Today I received another lesson from the dog.
I patiently but firmly, without disturbing my peace, settled him down. (Sound familiar?) As he reclined beside me, I stroked his fur, and felt his heart rate drop. He trusted me. He still wanted to go out, walk, and play, but he surrendered his desires to my will. We meditated, he nuzzled against me, and I’m certain I smiled more because of his warmth. Today I received another lesson from the dog.
He knew I’d walk him, water him, feed him. He trusted me absolutely to meet his needs. Dogs get this surrender thing way better than we do, and for the lesson he taught me this morning, I am deeply thankful, both to my puppy, and Lord to You (you use many voices). If you could put language on Balaam’s a~~ and cause the stones to cry out, I can certainly, once again, listen to my dog. Today’s sermon came from the dog. Selah, woof, and amen. A living, breathing reminder that God is good.
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