Pee Stained Bible
Yes, you read that right. It says pee, not tears. And with this vivid illustration, let me remind you that God really does ordain everything, even puppy bladders.
Let me introduce you to Mason. He is our “not so house broken” puppy that is fairly new to the family. And I will admit, a failed attempt to offer less stress in the home. And although playful and cute, the endless stream of urine is starting to become quite overwhelming. Next we have God’s word. Yes, my Bible. It’s not just any Bible. It is filled with 9 years worth of notes, highlights, tears, and memories. Pages have literally begun to fall out and just this morning, I glued the God breathed words back to the binding that supports such greatness. So you see, not just any old, dusty Bible.
I sat down one morning to open my Bible to search for answers. Needing to cope and deal with trials and tribulations of this world. On an already stressed, loud morning, the door flings open and here the little gremlin, you know as Mason, comes. Eager for attention, he jumps to my lap and the floodgates open! He marked my pajamas, the couch, and wait for it, yes, my Bible. Can you believe it?
Tears began to flow, screaming began at high pitches, and threats were executed. As I scrubbed with cleaner and stared at those sweet words from my Father, I felt so out of control. Hopelessness and exhaustion pushed the tears to come even harder. Wait, over pee?
My friends let me tell you it took another hour before the tears ceased and I realized the powerful message being spoken. I’m not in control. I can’t control my unannounced, uncomfortable circumstances. I can’t control the heartache of children’s choices. I can’t control the pain of life’s problems. And I definitely can’t control a dog’s bladder.
As believers, we can get caught up in “doing” for Christ and don’t even realize we aren’t receiving His God breathed words. Bible study, church, and serving aren’t the producers of peace. Mundane traditions and Christian to do lists will not provide the comfort and peace during hard times. It is knowing and believing and trusting in the One who gave me those precious words and completely soaking up His promises to draw from in difficult times. Even, if it’s a pee stained bible.
The challenge is for us to remember that if something triggers us so easily into a monstrous meltdown that produces ugliness and regrets, take a breath and listen to your Father. He is trying to teach us that nothing in this world sustains us expect for Him.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3