lessons from an adorable terror
This is Pippa. Yes she is ridiculously cute. It's hard to get far when you take her for a walk due to the people who want to stop and pet her. We think that she could become a part-time dog model (if you know any dog modeling agents let us know). She is also a little monster. She finds her way into every nook and cranny of the house and chews whatever is in her path and goes to the toilet just wherever she is standing. She doesn't listen when you tell her what to do and she loves to bite. She is an adorable terror (just to reiterate this is Pippa I'm talking about, not anyone else in my household!).
Having had this little mixture of joy and pain in our lives it has taught me a few lessons.
First, I'm not nearly as patient as I thought I was. Pippa likes to remind you that she is there. When you tie your shoelaces, when you eat, when you sit down, when you do anything, she will have her nose in your face or will be biting on whatever she can get her jaws on. All that being said, I thought that I would have been a bit more patient with her. It doesn't take long for me to be threatening her that she'll be back on Gumtree or using my term of affection for her, Ratface, to tell her off. She quickly exposes my selfishness and lack of patience!
Also, I'm reminded of my own neediness. Pippa relies on us for everything. She needs us to feed her, to give her a walk, to let her in through doors. She also needs us to keep her from what is harmful for her, even when she doesn't realise (which is always).
I suppose that this is a bit like how I am before God. I rely on Him for everything. He gives me all I have. He takes care of me, even when I don't realize i. And yet I still try and test His patience like Pippa does mine. I don't always do what He asks of me and I do things He tells me I shouldn't.
I thank God that He is a better master to me than I am to Pippa. I am quickly angered and annoyed by her, God is slow to anger and gracious with Me. He forgives my mistakes and ingratitude everyday, He continues to lead me into better pastures, even when I try to wander.
So Pippa reminds me of me a little, obviously in her cuteness, but also in her dependence on a master and a waywardness that needs a firm and loving hand to do what's best for her.