Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cleaning up Garbage...

I've been up since 5:00 am...

Let me re-word that.  I've been WORKING since 5 am this morning.  Not working at work, but cleaning up in my home this morning.

I wake up to hear Ricky yell, "WWHHHAAATTTTTT??????" - that's not a good way to start a day, I can tell.

I walk into the living room & see a cranberry sauce can, then look & see a trail of paper towel that leads to the kitchen & that's where I REALLY woke up... my eyes were like "BONK" out of my head.

The dogs got into a bag of garbage during the night!  They never do that - but yeah, I am usually pretty good at making sure the garbage gets outside to the can.  But it was so dang cold & the cans were outside the garage door - & truth be told - I totally forgot about the bag by the door... but believe me, our dogs are trained & they KNOW BETTER!!!!

3 of them were off running & hiding.  My Bruno came around the corner totally clueless... he was safely tucked with me in bed all night so he missed all the fun.

Ricky & I spent the morning picking up jars, papers, old chicken wrappers (I guess they ate the chicken fat I cut off dinner 2 nights ago ... gagging!)... they got the crock pot bag that had all kinds of juice (gagging again)...it was a mess - it was garbage.... true garbage...

The floor was sticky from all the mess, so I'm mopping at 5:15 am... yeah, not a way to start a morning...

The dogs know when they are in trouble & did something wrong.  They'll sit just like this puppy with their head hung down & all you have to say is "get away" & they run into a different room & just lay down.  Only for a minute though because they'll come back & see if you're still mad at them.

I sit down to put on my make up & here comes Sydney, our Aussie.  I look at her & just stare at her & she walks away.  She comes back again & I tell her that was bad.  She hangs her head.  She literally JUMPS up in my lap & lays her head on my chest.... I'm totally not joking!!! She does this.  I try not to love on her because I want her to know how serious I am about being angry...but dang it, after about 10 minutes, her sweet personality just gets to me & I love on her & am rubbing her ears, but still telling her she was a bad girl.  And if you arent a dog person, you may think, "Why are you talking to your dog?", but let me make you aware that we have to SPELL around this dog, she's so smart - she knows what I'm saying...

Then driving into work, it just clicked to me the sermon we heard at church Sunday about forgiveness & the events that happened during the morning...

How many times do I get back in my old garbage & pull it out?  Scatter it around & get myself into trouble?  Or pull out things that have been thrown away & done with - only to be reminded of the stink & filth that was there? 

And God comes along & cleans it up once again... I run & hide ashamed of myself... & I go to God & feel horrible & say "I'm sorry" one more time...

And then God lovingly takes me back into His arms & tells me that he still loves me....

I learned a lesson this morning... EARLY this morning... & I'm thankful that God isnt worried about waking up early to love me once again...

13 comments:

  1. What a great perspective, Rebecca! And what a horrible way to start your day :(

    I'll bet those doggies will be sorry all day long. And sucking up to you the minute you get home.

    Looks like it's gonna be a caffeine-filled day for you, huh?

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  2. Wow! Sorry friend. I hope the rest of your day is better. And yeah, I would be sucking down the soda! :)

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  3. So sorry you had to clean that up...and so early in the morning too. But I love how you tied it into your sermon message. You are so great at that!!

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  4. Oh Man, sorry about the garbage! That STINKS.. but I am glad that the sermon you heard Sunday was made evident in a way that had meaning to you...

    We spell around my CAT. Mostly as a joke.. but we feel like He's just that smart!!

    Have a good day.. and just maybe a quick power nap! Being up since 5 just plain STINKS. : )

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  5. Wow, you just put into words some things that I have been thinking about but not able to sit and write out! Thank you!

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  6. Solid proof that God can teach you lessons even at 5am in the morning, haha!!!! Great analogy!

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  7. Excellent analogy. But that still sucks!

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  8. What a wonderful way to spin it around to a positive out look my dear! Sometimes it's the small things right in front of our faces.

    Sorry you had to clean up ;(

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  9. oh no! What a terrible way to wake up - we've had that happen to us before and I can tell you right now my attitude was not nearly as good as yours about the whole thing! I love your analogy too!

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  10. RJ,
    I love your take on this. It made for a bad morning I'm sure, but the truth that you gleaned from it is so right on track.

    Love you girl,
    Dawn

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  11. Yes, the dogs knew better, but they just didn't care. They/us all misbehave once in a while. I like how it reminded you of your sermon. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Girl, you KNOW I totally "get" the talking to your dogs thing.

    LOL'ing over here as my dog, Pele, just got into my garbage yesterday between lunch (when I was home) and after school, when I got home. He was digging for the chicken wing bones I had disposed of after I finished eating.

    Oh yeah, but he sure did hang his head and run when he saw that I had figured out what he'd done.

    I can't say we're quite as lovable as furry babies, but thank goodness God loves us anyhow, eh?

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