The Thought for the Week this week is written by Fiona Neilson

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Thought for The Week

Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God”

We have two little Bichon Frise named Benny and Theo. They both have fluffy thick white coats, don’t shed hair and so need groomed regularly. Our family is used to having in-house haircuts and so spending £30 plus, per dog, per month on grooming seems shocking! So the dogs like the rest of us, have home haircuts!

At this time of the year its hot and often wet and so having a long coat is not pleasant for them. After July Camp we got the grooming table out and Theo promptly went to hide. Benny was first and got lifted up for me to start his haircut. He stood perfectly, not moving an inch and allowing me to use the clippers quickly and efficiently removing all the excess hair and leaving him refreshed and comfortable. He was like a new creation, unrecognisable as he was lifted back down and the pile of excess hair brushed up and put in the bin.

Theo however is a different story. His coat is also long, uncomfortable, too hot and not needed in this weather - but he’s afraid. He doesn’t like getting his hair cut. He runs away and hides on Isabelle’s bed. When I finally go and get him and bring him down, he fidgets and it takes me two or three times as long to groom him. Often the finished cut isn’t as perfect and neat as it would have been if he had just stood at peace in the first place. I often have to go back again and again re-trimming bits here and there.

With August Camp around the corner it made me think. Which am I? Benny or Theo? I am sorry to say I am like Theo. As soon as I feel God’s pruning shears come near me I fidget and try to run away as well. I am often afraid and over think what’s ahead. Like Benny, if I too could only stand still God’s work could be perfected in me an awful lot easier and quicker.

I am praying this Camp I will be more like Benny. Which one are you?

Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God”

Philippians 1:6

“being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”