A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. (Proverbs 29:11 ESV)
Our dog is a fool.
No, Mona Lisa is not stupid . . . but mercy, does she have a temper!
Just the other day she came back from her walk with my hubby and demanded a treat. As we are trying to curb her cookie monster appetite, we told her ‘no!’ and went back to our chores. Without missing a beat, she went to her toy basket, took hold of a stuffed dog that was just a smidgen smaller than herself and body slammed it to the ground. Standing over the limp dog like a champion, filled with defiance, she looked me straight in the eye as if to say, ‘And you’re next if you don’t give me a treat’.
Unmoved and not at all threatened by the twenty pounds of fur shaking with indignant anger, I told her to lie down and went back to work. She flopped down and used her next tactic – the low, long, desperate stare.
Unnerved by her unshakable gaze, I eventually caved and she got her cookie.
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; (Luke 11:11 ESV)
Oh how we can learn from this mutt! As parents – of either children or persistent animals – we are much more likely to give in to a dejected, sad pair of eyes, than a loud, demanding temper tantrum. We love our babies and find pleasure in watching them enjoy blessings! And in like fashion, as children ourselves, we need to sometimes humble ourselves and sit quietly at our Father’s feet . . . waiting with patience for whatever He has for us instead of being demanding and whiny!
Father, forgive us for the many times we’ve stomped our feet. Help us to remember that You love us and proved Your love with Your most precious gift – the blood of Your own Son. Thank You for being such a good and loving Father who desires to bless Your children with Your best, and in Your own perfect timing. Amen!