Bark and Bark and Grrr
By Jodi Whisenhunt –
The toilet leaked and damaged the vinyl flooring. Handyman John showed up on Day 1 to assess the situation. Ding-ding-dong went the bell and bark-bark-grrr went my dog. So John introduced himself to Jojo. She sniffed and licked and jumped around while wagging her nubby, as if to say, “He’s safe.”
When on Day 2 John arrived to pull and tear and scrape and scrub, again rang ding-ding-dong. Again went bark-bark-grrr, and again sniffed, licked and wagged Jojo. And so John set to work. He toiled all the day to rid us of destruction. He forced and struggled, calculated and prepped. Out John went to fetch a tool. Back in he came and bark-bark-grrr-sniff-lick-wag.
Day 3, Day 4, ding-ding-dong-bark-bark-grrr-sniff-lick-wag with every in and out and back and forth. You’d think my dog would remember the man who’d been repairing our home day after day, but she challenged his every appearance.
Likewise, I ought to remember God. When He appears in my life, my defenses go up. In my own way, I bark and bark and sometimes grrr. Excited to greet Him, I do my own happy dance and wag a smile across my face when I realize He is safe. He’s here to do a good work, so I relax in knowing He is near and He’s fixing things up for me. “In that day I will restore [your] fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be” (Amos 9:11).
But then God moves again. He comes and goes, though always near. For what work gets done without action? He’s so much left to do. A lot of noise arises from the cuts and hammers, cleanse and clearing. I startle with each pass, perhaps even yip! But God softly speaks to reassure me and I recall His familiar scent.
When the work is done and all again is quiet, Jojo and I marvel at a job well done. Restoration replaced demolition. The clutter, the disturbance, the process complete.
By Day 5, the vinyl disappeared; ceramic tile in its place. By Day 5, my dog disappeared; a gerbil in her place. OK, not really, but it was tempting!
Jodi Whisenhunt is a 2009 Amy Writing Award-winning freelance writer and editor in McKinney, Texas. You can find her at www.jodiwhisenhunt.com or www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com, where Disney IS school.