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Gimme Gimme Gimme

By Marsha Jordan

Sometimes I feel sorry for my dog. He stands less than a foot tall, and resembles a guinea pig with an afro. He spends most of his waking hours scurrying around at my feet and straining his neck, looking up to see what I'm doing. Heís always hoping Iíll drop some tasty morsel; and when I do, heís ready to snatch it.

When I complain about Louie being under foot, the husband reminds me how tough it must be for such a little guy living in a giantsí world. I guess in Louie's eyes, I must look like a mountain.

There is a whole big world that I can see, which is unknown to Louie. He sees mostly ankles and toes. It's the same way with me and God. I see only what's right around me; but God sees a larger picture. With my limited view of things, I often see no way out of problems. Just like my little dog, I need someone bigger to help me find my way. Problems that look like insurmountable mountains to me are like tiny ant hills to God.I often tell Louie how lucky he is to have me as his master, because I spoil him and take good care of him. Of course, he doesnít understand. He wags his tail, tilts his head, and gives me what I call the "gimme gimme look." Itís that goofy _expression of expectation that says, "What do you have for me? I want it. Can I have it? Gimme, gimme, gimme. Give it to me NOW!"

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One day, as I looked down at Louie, I realized that I am much more like him than Iíd like to admit (except that I don't roll in dead, smelly things). I too cannot even begin to understand the goodness of my master or fully appreciate all that He does for me.

Like Louie, I spend a lot of time whining for more and expecting a never ending supply of "treats" to satisfy my selfish desires -- instead of thanking God for what He's already given me.

I'm glad I'm not a dog -- for many reasons, not the least of which is that I can take a shower instead of -- well, you know what dogs do!

But I'm especially thankful that, though I am a small speck in the universe, I have a BIG God who doesn't expect more from me than I can give.

And when problems become too huge for me to handle, I remember that God promised He would always be there for me, as well as for everybody who loves and seeks Him.

Isaiah 43:1-4 says, "But now, this is what the LORD says . . . 'Fear not . . . When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior'"

© Marsha Jordan
Marsha Jordan is a disabled grandmother who lives in the north woods of Wisconsin with her husband and their badly behaved toy poodle, King Louie. After her grandson was badly burned, Jordan created The HUGS and HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit charity devoted to cheering critically ill and injured children. Jordan's inspirational and humorous essays are available in her new book, "Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter," which is illustrated by kids who are battling for life.


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