Have you ever gotten a surprise gift? I mean, one that is going to be with you for at least 13+ years?! This past Christmas my super thoughtful husband decided it was time our family got a dog.
If you’ve already heard this story before, bear with me…today I get to tell the end of the story… 🙂
For Christmas, my family surprised me with a puppy. My husband had picked it out all by himself and was super excited about it. He literally walked around the house with a smirky little smile for weeks…he was so excited about it! Finally the day came when they all left me at home and went and picked up/brought home my Christmas gift.
You see, I had mentioned in the past that I wanted a dog…I think I remember my exact words, lol…”Not until all 4 kids are out of diapers. I can’t potty train a kiddo and a dog at the same time!” For the record, our youngest is 4…she’s been potty trained a long time. The only 2 things I had mentioned to my husband over the years about a dog were: I wanted a smaller dog, one that would sit on my lap and let me cuddle her, and one with short hair [for my son’s allergies].
The dog came home and was none of the above. [You guys…lol] My hubby thought he had gotten a small dog that would cuddle with short hair…and there was a “little” mix up [It’s a hysterical story!]. He thought the little pup he had driven up to see when it was only weeks old was a chi-weinee and alas, it was an Australian shepherd dog/Blue heeler mix. Crack. Me. Up. [I laugh now, then…I wasn’t so sure!!]
Best mistake surprise I’ve ever gotten! Let me tell you…this little pup had none of the requirements I thought I wanted, but she has been the BEST addition to our family. Isn’t that just the way?! God knew exactly what we needed. She’s full of energy, which is fabulous for 4 young and extremely energetic kiddos…she’s protective, she’s loving, she’s fluffy and soft, she’s super smart, she herds not only our chickens [hallelujah chorus!] but our kiddos and tries to keep them in the yard and safe…[which honestly…is a huge help to this momma some days], she’s full of joy and did I mention grace??!!!
Just when I think I know exactly what I want…or what I have planned in life…God goes and shows me how much better He knows. He knows what I really need, He knows what is going to be best, and He has my best interest at heart…always.
And He knows what YOU really need too. Whatever it is you think you need, or maybe you’re searching after…just like me and my wish list for a dog…
Sometimes what we think we need, is not at all what God has planned.
Sometimes it’s the exact opposite of what we have planned.
When we take the “I” out of our situations and insert “God” instead, He always delivers more than we could ever think or imagine. [Ephesians 3:20]
Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”