Belle's Musings - God Doesn't Understand Our Schedule
God Doesn’t Understand Our Schedule
By Belle Touchton – The Missionary Dog
Mommy - Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Eccl 3:1 NIV
The Bible says there is a time for everything but I’m not sure God understands how much we Shelties like our schedule. My favorite thing about camper life is our schedule. Normally, Mommy isn’t good at routines but on our missionary journeys, she does things mostly in the same order. If she forgets anything, I bark and usually, she listens.
The problem is, God doesn’t understand our schedule. Campgrounds have rules about when you have to leave. Mommy and I do the same thing every morning and pull out right on time – UNLESS – God sends Mommy an assignment. Once Mommy gets to talking to someone about God, Mommy and God forget about checkout time. After we’ve talked long enough, I jump and bark to remind Mommy to go but she ignores me and keeps talking. Doesn’t God care about checkout times?
Tonight, Mommy and I were taking our regular after dinner walk. Our plan was to go inside and let me sleep while Mommy worked. When our neighbors started talking to Mommy, I knew our entire schedule was going to be off. When they began talking about God, I knew God had sent another one of those assignments. Didn’t God know it was my nap time?
It might not have been so bad but it was wet outside and I’d just had a bath. The neighbors were nice enough to give Mommy something to cover the wet picnic table bench but no one brought me anything to lie on. I stood up for a few minutes and then tried to remind Mommy it was time to go. She ignored me and I had to lay down on the wet muddy ground. Doesn’t God know I like to stay clean?
I love our schedule. Every morning, I watch Mommy until she opens her eyes. When she opens her eyes, I jump in bed for our morning cuddle. Mommy says, “OK,” I jump down, and she gets up. Mommy makes the bed as soon as she gets out. She gets the dog hair sponge and wipes Halleluiah clean. Next, she walks me, cooks breakfast, and washes dishes. After breakfast, she makes tea and we go outside for our prayer, meditation, and Bible Study. We come back inside and Mommy walks to the shower. After the shower, Mommy dresses, mops the floor, opens the curtains, and goes outside to unplug Halleluiah. She walks me one more time, grabs a diet coke, plays our special song – No Particular Place to Go, and off we go. Through it all, if Mommy gets confused, I bark and she gets back on our schedule.
What I’ve figured out is that when God sends one of what Mommy calls Divine Appointments, Mommy ignores my reminders and our schedule and does what God says. Why did God build Shelties to like schedules if He was going to keep disrupting them?
Cheryle M. Touchton is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.
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