Monday, February 22, 2010

Sam's Weekend and My Restlessness

I wouldn’t say that Sam is getting spoiled over this whole thing, but I will give you a glimpse of her weekend.

My best friend from college, who lived with me then and again for five years before I was married, brought doggie Peanut Butter Pie.

Sam thought that my flowers were for her. I didn’t tell her any different.

All in all, she was very satisfied.

As for me, I have felt restless. Perhaps seven days of dog-sitting have had their toll. My life has become the size of my house.

This morning I read, Luke 10:17-20, NRSV,

The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

I do not exorcise demons.

I would be bitten if I walked near a snake, stung near a scorpion. I cut myself for the third time this week on Sam’s aluminum food can.

I do not heal people.

The disciples rejoiced in all of these. I can only imagine how amazing it would be.

Stilling the seventy, Jesus set their eyes to the horizon, to the ONE thing. It made snakes and scorpions look small.

I share with the lost.

I write in His name.

I teach His word.

I stand beside people who accept Christ.

I minister alongside awesome women.

I am shortsighted, though. I rejoice and often obsess over these. Even worse, I obsess over their growth. Jesus set my eyes on the horizon this morning.

Their names, all seventy, are written in heaven. My name is written in heaven. We can rejoice now.


  1. love the last bit of this post!! My name is written in heaven ... oh yea - rejoicing!!

    On the doggie note - still praying for you and Sam! I went to be with Kasey on Saturday and fed him lots of people food! He probably got at least 6 shrimp off my dinner plate that night! :) My dad said he's being spoiled rotten - but I don't even care! Sick doggies need lots of lovin!!

  2. Tracy, I didn't realize/read until today that the final word about Sam is cancer. I am truly sorry, and my heart is full for you. A few years ago I lost my own dear, young Sammy (my beautiful, black cat) to a sudden something--brain aneurysm? stroke?--and it devastated me. Reading your Friday post brought that rushing back to me...I feel you, my friend!

  3. So sorry to hear about your Sam.

  4. Amen!

    And you won't be seeing a vlog post of my mogul Wii skills anytime soon - sorry! Not happening!! :P (you made me laugh when I read that just now!)

  5. sweet post... and i see from comments above about you sweet pup... i'm sorry for that. there is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog!! :) enjoy your sweet thing. hugs to you.

  6. Amen! What a wonderful truth to rejoice over, that our names are written in heaven! Sometimes the seemingly small things are the biggest and brightest of all, more than anything we can do, the truth that we are His and will be with him for all eternity is the real joy and prize!

    I'm sorry about Sam. My heart goes out to you, and I will be praying for you. I lost my cat to feline leukemia a year and a half ago and it was very difficult to walk through.

  7. Peanut Butter Pie for dogs? YUM! I am sure that Sam was one happy doggy.

    A beautiful post from the heart, Tracy. I love your honesty.


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