Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cooper's Back

Now there's a surprise. The groundhogs back!

I had to get to work + the groundhog was eating the tomato's= Cooper's gotta go.

My daughter had affectionately named the furry little guy 'Cooper'.
He's sooooooo cute, look at him, awwwwwwwuuuuuh!   
(I admit, it WAS entertaining to watch for his cameo appearances as he scouted out the yard).

But cooper was a menace.
Cooper was razing the garden, taunting the dogs and intimidating the kids playing in their own backyard.

Hunter husband wanted to take care of business.
Princess daughter wanted to keep him for a pet.
Both relented and agreed to obtain a trap from the conservation department so cooper could be properly relocated.

Of course, Cooper would chose the day I had to work to check out the tomato in the trap.

BE CAREFUL, they're MEAN, and BITE, I reminded the boys as I dashed out the door,
Take the groundhog up to the park several miles away and release him!

Assuming my instructions were followed to a tee, I called home later that morning to see how the transport went.
GREAT, was the response, We let him go... at the top of the street!  

Sigh.  Boys!

Ever feel like you just can't get the job done?
Like you just keep going round and round that mountain in the wilderness as the Israelites did?

Joshua can relate:

"When Joshua was old and well advanced in years, 
the LORD said to him, you are very old 
and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over".
Joshua 13:1

Joshua had conquered 31 kings at this point and captured a large portion of the land. 
He was tired. He was ready to retire and pass the baton. 
But more kings, more land, more work still hung on the horizon.

Do you want to be DONE with that thing you struggle with? 
Feel like ditching that neighbor or co-worker again?
Rather relax with your current read than invite "her" to lunch?
Does that ignore key on your cell tempt you?

Feel like that unction to show mercy keeps coming back after you have brushed it under the rug for the umpteenth time?

Bottom line, we have a job to do here on earth. 
As much as we would like it to be, life isn't a good book and cool glass of iced tea around the pool. 

Translated--It's not about me.

Life can be mean. People bite.

Never-the-less, the call to love our enemy, care for the widow, pray for the captive and take the gospel to the ends of earth, remains.

To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
Revelation 2:17

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
 Phillipians 4:13


 May you discover Joy for the journey.