Lessons from Chewy

 

Rachael_M_Colby_Tattoo_it_On_Your_Heart_Lessons_from_ChewyI said I would never adopt another pet. Too much excess baggage. But when my husband walked in with the fretful little bundle of fur, I fell in love.

Chewy, our Yorkshire Terrier, thinks he is alpha; he thinks he’s in charge. When he’s in unfamiliar circumstances, or feels like “his” territory is threatened, he stresses out and endangers himself. When we tell him, “It’s okay,” he could just relax and enjoy being held and cared for, but he chooses not to trust the leadership in his life, and instead, takes matters into his own paws.

Oh, the anxiety, as he repeatedly hurls his five pounds of fury at our front door at the sound of a knock! Bug eyed and barking, he charges, skids and spins, then scampers away from our guests as fear and insecurity grips him. Around and around he goes, careening at frenzied breakneck speeds between legs and over and around furniture, spurned on by his felt need to defend himself and his family. He may have good intentions, but he has no ability to control things. Nevertheless, he persists in his own way and sometimes makes matters worse. Finally, I manage to catch him and break his mad cycle. I scoop up his stiff little body and he relaxes as I hold him, and he makes peace with our guests with whom he waged an unnecessary war.

Sometimes Chewy and I are a lot alike. Jesus is the Lord of my life; I am His territory and anything worthwhile is gifted to me by His grace. So why do I sometimes wrestle for control, and try to change things or people I can not change? Why do I struggle to trust Jesus with my life and those of my loved ones?

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

He’s God. He’s got this.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalms 46:10 (NKJV)

Sometimes I am my own enemy.

“Quit flailing; let Me  rescue you from yourself,” Jesus says.

Whatever the situation, I can choose to let God’s Word and Spirit lead, instead of circumstance or emotion, or taking matters into my own hands. I need to let Him hold me and keep my heart right while I wait for Him to make things right. 

“Do you want Me to defend you, or do you want to defend yourself?” He asks.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NKJV)

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalms 27:14 (NKJV)

Insecurity is an identity crisis. I try to wrap my mind around whose I am- a child of the King, The Creator. God calls me His.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 (NKJV)

Yes, sometimes faith is doing something. But sometimes faith is letting go and letting God do His thing.

 6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?[ And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 NKJV

SONG: Sparrows, by Jason Gray, (lyric video): 

25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things[c] shall be added to you.

32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:25-32 NKJV

The Story Behind the Song, Sparrows, (Video with Jason Gray): 


 © 2017 Rachael M Colby         Tattoo It On Your Heart

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5 thoughts on “Lessons from Chewy”

  1. The example of you and your dog, is indeed a perfect example of our daily relationship with Christ. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Rachael, such good truths here! “Insecurity is an identity crisis,” and remembering whose we are…that’s truth we want tattooed on our hearts for sure. 🙂

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