It's Saturday morning again and it's actually raining outside. This is truly a blessed event.
But my dogs are outside whining to come in. Actually, only one of them is whining: Piper Ruth, the oldest. Piper is a hunting dog. She's retrieved doves when it's 100 degrees on opening day and she's sat in a pond while the water freezes around her. She's done a lot and put up with a lot and hasn't really complained much.
But now she's getting old. I'm not sure how many more seasons she has left. She spends most of her time lying around and has trouble getting up. And she complains about the weather which, with what she's been through, seems amazing.
I'm not quite as old as she is, but I'm starting to feel it. And as I listen to Piper Ruth whine, I realize I often do the same thing. Instead of being thankful for all the amazing blessings God has given me, I often find myself asking God, "what have you done for me lately?" I lose sight of the incredible things God has done to get me to where I am, and focus instead on the difficulties of today and the uncertainty of the future. And, of course, when I step outside of myself and look at it this way, I realize I'm being ridiculous.
But it's that "stepping outside" that's the trick, isn't it? John Wesley referred to this as using our "spiritual senses" to see and hear how God is working in the world. So here's to praying that we can keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to recognize not only what God has done for us, but what He is doing and what He will do, if we only keep the Faith.