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Acting Like Our Turtle
by MARLA GROETHE
08/11/13
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Dear God,

Why do I sometimes act like our turtle instead of our dog?

TURTLE is uncooperative, a “know it all” and disobedient. DOG is sweet, gentle and trusts me.

I try to show TURTLE that it is best not to climb out the doggie door because he can fall and land on his shell. Squirming in the desert sun, unable to get up, is not fun. TURTLE thinks, “Bad lady, she shuts the doggie door when she leaves and that annoys me.” He does not know it is for his own good.

TURTLE wakes up at 4pm and wants to play outside. I do not let him. He thinks “Ole grump doesn’t let me do anything I want to do.” TURTLE does not realize it is for his own good that he is not romping in 110-degree sun.

DOG and I are taking a walk and DOG jumps off the curb suddenly. Traffic is going both ways. I tell DOG no and pull his leash back. He does not question, just jumps back on the sidewalk, looks at me with his innocent eyes, and waits for the next command. He does not need my reasons to make up his own mind.

DOG TRUSTS. TURTLE wants to exercise his free will…quite a difference in attitude. TURTLE makes me mad with his lack of trust. Do I make you mad when I assume I know more than you do, or when I belligerently want more information so I can outguess you God?

I am sorry. I feel best when I have a decision to make and ask you, then truly listen to your answer and obey.

Love

Marla


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