Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mamie meets something big

The dogs have been confined to the house because of the recent rain and have been eager for a romp. This morning, Mamie was barking non-stop for a chance to accompany me to the barn. As usual, she buzzed the cats and hopped on their heads, barked at the chickens through the stall door, and ran in circles, happily playing with any creature that could be enticed to join her.

Because she is so little, still weighing only 5 1/2 lbs, she is usually confined to the tack room when the barn doors are opened to let the horses inside. This morning, she was bouncing and hopping so much that she hopped away from me before I knew it. I was already opening the barn doors and the horses were heading inside for breakfast. 

Mamie has seen the horses before, but she has mostly seen their hooves. This morning, she plunked her bottom down in the dirt, looked up as the first horse headed inside, and dropped her mouth wide open in amazement.  She was so surprised that she sat perfectly still and watched. It was clear that she had, for the first time, realized how very large the horses are in comparison to her own tiny self. She didn't move a muscle until all the horses were in their stalls. 

Little Mamie, apprentice wonder puppy, has a new appreciation for how small she is beside those big horses, and a little better understanding of who she is not. That's a pretty important piece of information for puppies, but it's important for us, too, isn't it?  It's easy to get so caught up in our own little part of the world that we forget how big this planet is and how vast the population. 

An even bigger risk is that we see ourselves as "big", yet fail to recognize the vast omnipotence of God. We see the "hooves" without ever noticing the whole of Him. Perhaps we need to do what Mamie did this morning. Sit down, look up, and watch for the entire revelation. 

Be still, and know that I am God... I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalms 46:10 KJV)