Scamp the Squirrel is back again. He torments my poor pit bull/shepherd mix, Sadie. He runs back and forth along the fence, wiggling and shaking his fluffy tail in an unspoken dare. Poor Sadie spends hours at the window, whining in frustration because Mom won’t let her out to chase the squirrel every five seconds. And when she gets the “Ready, Set…GO!” she dashes out, only to have Scamp to take a flying leap into our tree and chitter at her from a branch just beyond Sadie’s reach. “Na, na, na, na, na, na! Ppppbbbbttthhh!”
I laugh at Sadie, but I’m guilty of the same thing. Chasing a pretty, shiny thing (or a furry, chittering thing with a fluffy tail) that’s just beyond my reach. Becoming frustrated when I don’t catch whatever I’m after. Being stubborn and tenacious about an idea, goal or dream.
But is that always a bad thing? I won’t always catch my dreams, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t chase after them. The Lord has a purpose even in what I consider a failure. It’s the journey, not just the destination, that teaches me and brings me closer to God—if I’m paying attention. And that’s a good thing.
Will Sadie ever catch Scamp? Probably not, but she’s certainly having a glorious time trying.
Do you ever get frustrated chasing your own dreams? Don’t forget—the joy is in the journey, and the fun is in the chase.
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