Dog Dayz of Summer

Well, I came in the house last evening prepared for... well anything! Instead everything was just the way I left it. I felt twinge of disappointment thinking Sammy and Maggie hadn't given me anything to write about. The evening went by and was pretty uneventful - we all went to bed and got through the night without incident... little did I know there was a lesson for me even in this.

I found yet another thing I love about dogs and that is their ability to adapt to any situation they are faced with. I only wish I could do so that easily. Take today at work for instance. I spent 90% of the day frustrated and some computer glitches that made it next to impossible for me to do my work. I mean, I left the place with a headache today after doing about a thimble full of work! What happened was the system was upgraded. Great, right? WRONG! With this upgrade all my settings and files were deleted! Systems that had run like clockwork the day before were giving me error messages left and right. Can I just say I understand now what makes a person want to haul their pc out the window?! All that to say that I didn't handle the situation well. I let it color my whole day, limit my productivity, and affect my physical health... In other words, I didn't adapt very well to the situation.

Enter Sammy and Maggie. Their whole routine was turned upside down. Their mom and dad are gone and left then in the care of strangers. Sam fell right in step with the new routine and after a day or two, Maggie did the same. So much so, that they welcome me coming in the door at the end of the day as if they have done it this way forever. Basically they accepted me and a different routine without a lot of hubbub... They have no idea if it's going to stay this way forever or what, they're just going with the flow and so they are stress free and it shows.

God is always changing things up on us. In fact I've heard for years that the only constant in life is change. I found it to be a true statement in my forty something years, but still I fight it every single time. I like the old way. I like when things function in a familiar way. Heck, I could eat spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner every day and it'd be just fine with me. I'm plain jane like that, so change has the potential to wig me out! Hence my whine and cheese fest at work today. (I promise I'll have that fixed by tomorrow by the way! After all, Ambassadors for Christ don't whine in the workplace, now do they?)

Watching Sam and Mags has taught me a lot about how important it is and how much easier it is to go with the flow. Another thing I know from experience is that on those occasions when I didn't resist, but instead went with God's flow, it was so easy and the transition wasn't such a huge deal. Sometimes it was almost pleasant!

So the key is learning the secret Paul talks about in Philippians 4:11,12, "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." So, I guess I know what my next assignment is...

Time to go let the dogs back in and get wound down for the night. Sleep well all!