Saturday, September 9, 2017

Guest Blogger: Choosing Garbage Over Gourmet




We have a very smart chocolate lab named Jake. Jake can do several tricks and we think he can sometimes talk. However, Jake has a problem with not only getting into our garbage, but also our neighbors’.  

Jake’s morning meal is a special  mix of “Heavenly Harvest Holistic” dry dog food, a can of sliced chicken & gravy with added Omega 3, & his daily vitamins.  These special ingredients help him with a skin problem he tends to have and gives him much needed relief from rashes & itching.   

One morning, I looked across to our neighbors' house and caught Jake in their trash. Jake’s breakfast stood untouched as I marched him to the pen to stay for several hours.   

How silly it was for Jake to dig in garbage when he had a great meal waiting for him---a meal meant to nourish him and help keep him healthy.   How many times, though, have I “dug in the garbage”? How many times I had looked for solutions on my own, when God has already provided what I needed?

Jesus is the living water and He has already provided Himself so we will never have to thirst again.  Yet, when we try to find our own solutions, instead of seeking Him through His Word & in prayer, we are guilty of digging cisterns that leak.  

Jeremiah 2:13 – “For My people have committed two evils:  They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And have dug their own cisterns, which leak and will not hold water.”
  
Prayer -- Help each of us to drink deeply of the Fountain of Living Water and that we will “splash over” into the lives of others.
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*photo above is of my son Ryan's dog, Bento. I didn't have a photo of Jake :).
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