“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
My oldest daughter has had a “go to” book since she was old enough to sit up and flip pages. This book is currently, and has for years sat on her nightstand. We call the book, “The Dog Book”. (Probably fairly self explanatory.) You have a dog temperament question, you want to know what breed just walked past you, my daughter most likely will be there for you.
This next statement may sound strange to you so gear up. I feel like I am a dog-A Bloodhound. To be exact. When I run.
As I train for this marathon, I feel compelled to do it without the help of an I-Pod or audio books. Which makes some serious time left to my own thoughts, along with spending time with God. In this journey there is one truth I have found: Because my senses are not tuned in to music, a book, or talking to someone, they are perked up elsewhere; Making me and the Bloodhound more alike than I would like to admit.
For all of you dog lover’s and my daughter Lucy, this may be a recap for you, but for the rest of us, here is a little Bloodhound synopsis from “The Dog Breed Information Center”:
“The Bloodhound thrives on the hunt rather than the kill. It takes great pleasure in tracking and has been used to hunt animals, criminals, runaway slaves and lost children. Today this slow mannered, rich sounding breed is both tracker and companion. Although it has a pleasant temperament, it is not easy to obedience train, most likely largely due to the fact that it gets distracted from human command, more interested in all of the exciting strong smells around him.”
The ways the Bloodhound and I are alike:
- Heightened senses of smell, sight, and sound.
- Easily distracted by surroundings.
- Doesn’t follow human commands.
- Wired to find lost people.
It is crazy to notice what I am tuning into on my “free of noise” runs instead of tuning out like I normally am in the mode of doing in my day to day routine.
Eyes-I am taken back by a field of brilliant magenta flowers on my left. A prestine, manicured lawn on my right. A pop can where it shouldn’t be.
Ears- The city sounds of cars whizzing by. The “out of the city” sounds of bird songs. The “Good job” from another runner not “tuned in”.
Nose-The city smells equalling the gaustly combination of car exhaust, Burger King, garbage and chinese food, with a hint of freshly made donuts. The “out of the city” smells of lilacs, cow manure, and hay.
Just as the Bloodhound has difficulty following human commands and is honed in to finding the lost, so should we, as Daughter’s of The King, display these personality traits. We follow Jesus’ commands, and not people’s commands. Following Jesus means following Jesus. And not other’s. Following Jesus means doing life different. From the typical American woman, mother, wife, employee. From the way we respond to difficulty and trials. From the way we interact with others. From the way we show unconditional love. Forgiveness. And Compassion.
When we become too engrossed in distractions around us and forget to use our “Bloodhound” makeup, we can become tuned out to the Kingdom mindset and life. When we have some time to be without-The noise of music, tv shows, technology, phones, Apps, Ipods/pads, facebook, Pinterest, email, online shopping/games-we remember our true selves within. Our true identity, our true mission, our true makeup in Christ. And our “Bloodhound”/Kingdom/Heaven focused heightened senses come out strong. And we find ourselves in a strange place of rest. Refreshment. And Rejoicing.
© 2012 Standing on Peace