In some of my previous blogs, you’ve likely picked up on my love for our dog, Mabel. She’s a mini Goldendoodle and my constant companion. Not only does she follow me everywhere I go, but she loves to cuddle up with just about anyone, any time, any place.
Generally, I don’t have a problem with that, except when it comes to sleeping. My husband and I really appreciate a good night’s rest, so a few months ago we made the decision not to have her sleep with us anymore.
At first, as I started to retrain her, she made it obvious that she didn’t want to obey. She’d by lounging on our bed and look up at me with those big brown eyes and it tugged at my heart. In addition, it’s surprising how heavy a 20-pound dog can make herself when she doesn’t want to be moved!
Fortunately, after a week of consistent guidance, Mabel got the hang of our new routine. When I’d turn out the light she’d jump off our bed and get settled into hers.
(For all dog lovers, please don’t for a minute feel sorry for her, because she has a REALLY comfortable, deluxe bed* – and it’s on the floor right next to ours.)
Even though it’s not what she wanted, Mabel’s obedience has been a blessing for many – because we’re all better rested.
I can’t help but make the same connection with our obedience to God. Because of God’s love for us, He provided guidelines for our behavior. When we’re obedient to those guidelines (the Ten Commandments,) we receive His greatest blessings.
Unlike Mabel, sleeping alone might not be an issue for you. However, ask God where you need some “retraining,” and then follow through with obedience. You can be confident that your obedience will bring blessings. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
* “Comfy couch pet bed,” from Frontage