All the rain today has reduced the driveway to a giant mud slide. Maggie and Mamie wanted to go with me to the barn this evening to feed the livestock, so I attached their leashes and we headed out. Maggie very carefully picked her steps in the circle drive and across the cattle gap. She slowed her pace considerably as we proceeded up the road. We were several yards away from the barn when Maggie stopped and refused to take another step. There was no way to avoid the mud and Maggie HATES to get her feet muddy. She looked at me with those big brown eyes and said, "Pick me up, Mom. I don't want to get dirty!" Of course, I picked her up and carried her the rest of the way to the barn.
Mamie doesn't care a bit if she gets muddy. The more mud, the better she likes it. She didn't want to be picked up. She wanted to plunge on through. Needless to say, she was very muddy when she got to the other side.
The Wonder Dogs have two very different styles when it comes to getting mud and dirt on them. Mamie is all in. She never falters. Mud? Who cares about mud? Not Mamie! Maggie is cautious and wants to be carried to keep her clean. Maggie's is an attitude from which we could all learn. When there is the danger of soiling our lives with the dirt of this world, how do we respond? Do we, like Mamie, plunge ahead and hope for the best? Are we, like Maggie, cautious and eager to keep our hearts clean and pure? When we encounter the sin and grime of this world, we would do well to stop, call to our Heavenly Father, and wait for Him to carry us through, clean and safe, to the other side.
"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." 2 Timothy 2:22 ESV