Fence Post of Faith November 2012

We lost our family dog this summer after 12 years, his name was kolby. We bought him at a High school Rodeo in Carson Ia. The Family that we bought him from said they were good Border collie’s and hardly barked. Well that was an understatement he barked a lot and especially at Dodge truck’s never a Ford or Chevy just at Dodge Trucks. We really miss him especially when we hear a Dodge truck driving by we miss his barking and running after him or when lighting out and we would have to go looking for him.

Sometimes the family dog can serve as a better teacher than more traditional sources. Those of you with dogs know the routine; those without dogs just follow along.

It starts the moment you get out of bed and walk across the floor. You can hear his tail thumping on the bedroom floor: “Oh boy! Someone is up! If I’m lucky they’ll go out into the kitchen!”

Eventually of course, you do. And your dog is right there, waiting by the sink, lying on his side on the rug, pretending to sleep. But you can see his eyes follow you all the way to the refrigerator. He can’t help but thump the floor with his tail once again.

So you down a glass of OJ and start the coffeepot. Your dog knows what’s coming and can barely contain his excitement: “There going to go for my leash, I just know it. Walk time. Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy!”

And off you go. Walk on the grass? “Oh Boy!” Cross the road? Headed to the barn to feed? Oh boy!” Going to the feedlot to move cattle? Chase a few Barn Cats! “Oh Boy! ”Oh Boy!!!”

Eventually you make it back home and your dog is still as excited. He can’t wait to go back into the house, can’t wait to check the water bowl, can’t wait to eat breakfast, and can’t wait to go with you to town in the pickup truck. “This is great! This is the best! This is the most wonderful morning I’ve had since—well—since yesterday morning!”

But your dog’s reaction is deeper than simply “Oh boy!” There’s a huge dose of gratitude along with the passion enthusiasm. Fido looks at you as if to say, “Thank-you. Thank you so much for this life. I love you, I love you, I love you. There’s a reason my tail won’t stop wagging, you know.”

I think the psalmist approached God with that kind of enthusiasm when he sang.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come into his presence with singing. Knowing that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.    (Psalm 100)

AMEN! (Oh boy, oh boy!) Jeff Metcalf