Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Outside The Zone

I try to never leave the house without my cell phone. It's a necessary habit. Sydney has a new accessory that we put on her before she goes out the door. The Petsafe collar has now become a habit here on the corner. 

We've been training our dog “Pavlovian Style” with the sensor collar that sounds a warning signal and then sends a 30 second shock to teach her where she can run free. The little flags are dotting the yard to signal us, Sydney and our neighbors that there is a zone and hopefully our doggie will stay inside it. At first I thought it sounded cruel, but she's so much happier being free to run, knowing her boundaries and not running into the dangerous street. It’s been about a month and she’s really doing well.

The first week was tough for all of us…I was walking Sydney around the side yard in my colorful P.J.’s and robe, (I’m the crazy lady fashionista on the corner) holding a blanket against the chill and my mug of coffee in the other hand, and Sydney busted through the zone when a dog and woman walked by. She quickly returned so I think she got the message. Later in the afternoon, the three of us left for our walk. It did not take long for us to realize her collar was still on and she was being led out of her zone with her training collar still on. Mr. C. got the opportunity to feel her pain as he quickly removed the buzzing collar. Poor girl! She had’t yelped, she just looked up at me with questioning eyes. I was reminded of Jesus remaining silent as he was wrongly accused and led to slaughter.

“Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.” Matthew 27:13-14

It’s amazing that God loves us SO much that his plan to rescue us included his son experiencing all the pain and anguish once and for all for our sins. 

Are you in the zone where you are staying near your loving master, or are you ignoring the warning signals because you’re fiercely independent and getting yourself into some painful situations? Or perhaps you're in the middle of being wrongly accused and wishing you could plead your case?

God is the ultimate judge and He is compassionate. 

Lessons Learned:
Sometimes we inflict pain on ourselves, sometimes we are innocent and yet wounded. Jesus has experienced our pain.

The one who puts the zapping collar on Sydney should remember to take it off.

I might have discovered a new diet technique for Hollywood stars; a couple shocks tend to cause a lack of appetite...

In His Grip, jane

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