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Are You Talking to Me?

The neighbors’ dogs wander through our yard, turn over flowerpots, and get in our small pool that has fish, frogs, and a Water Iris in it.

When I tell the dogs to “go home,” they move a short distance from me and then stand and just look at me. Their expression seems to be, “What? Are you talking to me?” Finally, they will slowly head towards their home.

In my exasperation of their behavior, I’m reminded that I’ve done the same towards God at times. When God has instructed me to give to a homeless person. I’ve replied, “They need to get a job.”

“What? You want me to forgive him again?” I’ve complained. “He should be asking my forgiveness for what he said.”

“I don’t know what to say to that new person. There must be someone else here in the church to talk to them,” I thought as I wandered on down the aisle.

I don’t want God to be as exasperated with me as I am with the dogs. So, my attitude needs to change and do what He is instructing me whether it is what I wanted to do or not.

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." Psalms 40:8 (NIV)

Helen L. Hoover


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