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Monday, December 22, 2014

Dog Jewelry

Every year around Christmas, Matilda gets a new piece of jewelry.  It's sort of like a Pandora bracelet but not really at all similar in terms of beauty or cost.
Besides that, it's sort of required by law.  The 2015 license for Hardin county is a delightful purple.

Even though Tilly hears me say "Get lost" a little too often, I don't really want her to get lost.  If she did, I would want her to be found.  Since she can't communicate her name and address, the license fills the gap.  Licensing fees also pay for the care of those dogs who do get lost. 

Since Matilda was a stray herself at one time, a license marks her as my own.  In other words, she has a new identity (and name) when I adopted her.

All through the Bible, there are examples of God choosing the least likely of people to do join Him in His plans.  These people were often from humble families and they seemed to make an awful lot of mistakes either before or after their really important God Jobs.  I mean, when you and I picked the people for our kick ball teams, we pretty much went for the fleet of foot.  Not so with God.  He has his reasons, and they baffle us.

Until we think about how God sends His own Son to be born of a really innocent young girl, thus potentially messing up her entire future as a Normal Married Woman.  And her fiancée?  Also baffled, yet honorable.  God sent an angel to both of them to try to explain.  And apparently it worked because they both got with the program.  And through our Savior, Jesus, Immanuel, God was with US.  US, the imperfect people who get lost like sheep and fall for hucksters, manipulate others, and don't really do all we can where we can.

Somehow, He picks us out, adopts us into his own through Jesus, and gives us a new identity.  Some people wear jewelry to reflect their identity.  But it's not required.  In God's mysterious way, He knows His own, and loves us. 

This Christmas, listen for your heart to be wooed by the All-Loving, Almighty.  Jesus, humble Savior, still calls out for His People.


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder about dog tags. Being preoccupied it is easy to forget these things. I have been staying with my mom, she is literally dying from gioblastoma (terminal brain cancer), while my dad had open heart surgery last Monday. His heart attack on Christmas Day was just one more reason I need to continue to keep Jesus on my side. From the house fire in July (which we are still working on) and one of my rescue cats death (freak accident), to my son's almost fatal car accident in Sept. (he is finally walking again and still has more surgeries to come)., to mom's MRI in Sept. (showing her cancer came back) now dad's heart attack (the reason for open heart surgery) this year has been BRUTAL. Takes 2 people with mom 24/7 and now that dad is back home, with all the side effects of all the meds and trauma surgery, we are trying to had 3 people in the home until today. Went back down to 2 for mom. Us 3 siblings and my daughter are primary caregivers. 1 hired in for extra help. Jesus is getting us through these sleepless nights, bitter/sweet roller coaster emotions. I read to mom everyday, today's message was to have complete trust in Our Lord and Savior. His timing is different than ours and He will give us what we need for today. I CAN NOT disagree with this message. I have no idea how we are doing this. But I know mom only wants to be with family. And she deserves this. Her life has been all about Jesus and wanting others to accept Him. She is still our encouragement and we are so very fortunate and blessed to be able to spend these months with her. So, Lynn, I have to say thanks for the dog tag reminder and the message you have given. He picked mom to show her children what an awesome God we have. Her life isn't simple, but through her smile and eyes we are still able to see how Jesus is comforting her. Thanking God everyday for my family. No matter the brutality of last year and the beginning of this year, the months to come, I thank God for my blessings, all of them, the good and the bad.

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    1. Oh Melissa....you truly have been attacked at every level. The fact that you can still see Jesus' love as He walks through all these difficulties is truly a work of faith. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. That's a lot of stress. That's a lot of grace.

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  2. Our pup is proud to wear her 2015 dog license AND she's TOTALLY a part of our family....our prized possession. That's how God see us. We are his prized possessions; it's time for us to act like it!

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