On Friday night, I took our dogs to the dog park at our apartment complex. Due to the energy levels of the dogs currently residing in our home, the dog park is our 2nd home! We love meeting and spending time with new and old friends (human and canine) and we enjoy watching the dogs run wild and play their hearts out!

We’d been there for 45 minutes with 2 other dogs before another group of 3 dogs showed up. These are dogs which our “kiddos” are very familiar with so we were excited! We also saw this as a “yay” – hoping for an exhausted bunch of pups.

The first 15 minutes of the new friends joining went well! It was awesome! Out of nowhere, we notice that our dog, Bear, was quickly getting into a “situation” with another dog, Roxy.

This was odd to us because Bear and Roxy have played HARD and WELL together for months, so this altercation felt random!

Unfortunately, I got bit on the forearm, trying to pull them apart.

**I do acknowledge that this wasn’t my greatest idea, but I was acting on impulse, and Tony (my husband) wasn’t there**

It wasn’t until I was at home, with pups who had calmed down and were now peacefully resting, that I realized I had a battle wound!

I wonder if this is how “hurry” and “busyness” affect us.

Although my body was probably running on adrenaline and “fight or flight” when trying to break up the dog fight, I believe this correlates to how hurry and busyness can sneak up on us.

Think about being busy or in a hurry…

It’s not until you finally DO relax that you REALIZE how busy you were. If the amount of time we spend resting is limited, we may be blind to the fact that we are even living life in a hurry or are jam-packing our schedule to the point of chronic busyness. This can lead to battle wounds. Just like my battle wound from the dog park, living this way – in contrast to the way Jesus lived His life – has to leave us with battle wounds. What battle wounds do you have due to living life in a hurry?

Questions to think about this week:

Why are we so busy?

What’s the impact of this busyness/hurry on our lives?

John 11 – The Story of Lazarus

“A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary, and her sister Martha. This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord’s feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick.

So the sisters said to Jesus, ‘Master, the one you love so very much is sick.’ When Jesus got the message, he said, ‘This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.’

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days.”