Rarely ever, am I a violent person. I mean, generally speaking, I’m hardly ever even mean. This morning however, I feel the need to punch the face of, then possibly shoot, my neighbors dog! Then when I’m finished with him, I feel the slight need to rip the neighbors a new one! Yes, I believe then, and only then, I would feel much better.
I’ve been having trouble sleeping, among other issues, for a month or two. When I realized my hair was falling out, I knew I had to do something. I don’t even look good without bangs, let alone bald! I’m not looking for sympathy here, I’m just trying to get you to understand my feelings of rage.
I went to the doc and got some meds to help with the stress and something to help me sleep. My world has been SO much better! Until the last few nights.
Our neighbors have a Great Pyrenees. For those if you who don’t know, they are beautiful long haired, solid white, enormous dogs. They probably get up to two hundred pounds. You can only imagine that they have a big, loud bark to match their size. This, my friends, is the dog who’s been standing at the border or our yard barking like an idiot! The bad part is, he starts around eleven o’clock! He’ll walk off, I’ll doze back off, and here he comes again. With this dog around, I’m wasting my good ‘sleepy’ pills! Not cool.
I know God would forgive me if I ‘accidentally’ shot that dog, right? And, He’d forgive me if I went up there to the neighbor’s house, knocked on the door, and ripped them a couple new ones, right? After all, if memory serves me correctly, Jesus himself, ripped some Pharisees some new ones. I guess the difference would be that He was able to do it and not sin. That certainly leaves this gal out! I’ve already sinned way too much this morning.
The way we act, I mean as human beings, surely God gets frustrated with us when we keep doing the same things over and over? When we do that, are we any different than the insatiable, barking dog? I think not.
I’m just glad God doesn’t react like I do. Otherwise, He might get so aggravated with me He’d smite me with boils or something horrific like laryngitis!!
It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. Ephesians 2:4-6 The Message
I’m so thankful for God’s love and mercy. And my neighbors had better be thankful that I, most of the time, consult my Heavenly Father before I shoot anyone’s dog or rip anyone a new one.