Earthen Vessels

How much is that doggie in the window?

In the 1950’s, Doris Day sang a song with that title. I remember singing along with her when it would come on the radio. I personally have always liked dogs. And over the years, Jim and I have had a lot of pets. But we were always working full time jobs, too, so we never really got attached to them, except one cat we had when we lived in Caney. It was a solid white, odd-eyed cat. She was so pretty with one blue eye and one yellow eye. She died of feline leukemia. We decided that having an animal in the house made us too close to them; when they died it was like losing a family member.

In Matthew 7:1, 2 Jesus says: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” This particular scripture is going to play a big part in the story I am going to share.

After we retired in 2008, we did some traveling. The church gave Jim a three-month paid sabbatical and we went from California to Missouri, then making a loop to the north, went through Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana and on to Washington before heading south through Oregon on our way home.

By 2012, I began asking Jim about getting a dog. He didn’t want one. 

“We get too attached to animals, and if we go on a trip, then we have to go places the dog can go too,” he said. 

Being the submissive wife that I am, I would keep bringing the subject up every now and then. 

Jim’s oldest sister, Jeana, had been diagnosed with colon cancer and we went to Kansas to see her. Her son, Bruce, had two long-haired Chihuahua females bred by a Yorkie that had sneaked into his back yard. The puppies were born the day that we arrived. They were three days old and I asked Jim about going over to see them. He finally had given up! That is how we got Callie; her name is Callie-pat ... because we live in Calipat (short for Calipatria).

Okay, back to the scripture and about being careful in judging other people, because it will come back to bite you (no pun intended).

I would see people with their dogs and say, "Look at those people, Jim! They treat those dogs like they were kids! They buy toys for them, they let them sleep with them. They seem to plan their life around their dog! I just can’t believe that people do that!”

Now, I am guilty on all accounts. The things I thought were awful, I now delight in doing.

I know that I am quick to make a judgement call when I witness something and God really deals with me about it. I am so much better than I used to be (praise the Lord) but I still have a long way to go. How about you? Are you quick to judge? Sure is easy to do. Do like me, ask the Father for help … after all, He is the true judge of all mankind.

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