One of the first things I do every morning is take my dog outside. We don’t have a fenced- in yard, so one of us takes him out on a leash at least 3 times a day. This morning was not unlike most others- I was hoping it would be a quick step out the door, that my boy would get his business done, and I’d be back in the comfy confines of my homestead within minutes.
In fact, I put so much confidence in my dog’s ability to get ‘er done quickly that I didn’t even put my shoes on. He sniffed, and then proceeded to lick the dew off of every blade of grass. He looked into the air and inhaled the aromas of the morning. He was completely savoring and enjoying every second we were outside. Not me.
I, on the other hand- stepped on every rock and stick that happened to be underfoot. Impatiently, I muttered under my breath…come on!! go potty!!” I did everything I could to hurry him up.
After he took me around the perimeter of the yard twice, he led me across the street before finally getting his business done. Ouch! I muttered as I tiptoed my bare feet across the rocky asphalt.
As he took the time to find the perfect spot to relieve himself, the Lord impressed on me the importance of being intentional about getting our own “business” done…the things we do and the things we say. To be purposeful with our words and actions and not rush through things. To breathe in the air around us and be thoughtful about what we are doing and where we are going. To take the time to prepare for whatever business we are going to take care of.
And to never leave the house without my shoes on again!
Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. 2 Timothy 4:2
*btw- if you need a laugh today, watch this…