I know you want this, but you can’t have it. It’s not good for you.

To Rupert, however, everything about it was right:

It looked good.
It smelled good.
It was edible.
Everybody else was eating it.

How do you reason with an eight-year old Lhasa Apso? After all, I know what’s best for him even when he doesn’t understand. He simply needs to trust me.

While spouting these words of wisdom to Rupert (note his glazed expression in the picture) I gained a sense of how God may feel when trying to reason with me.

  • It looks and smells good, Lord. Why can’t I have it, experience it, or enjoy it? The enemy has been attempting to hijack our God-given senses ever since fig leaves were in fashion. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye…she took some and ate it. Genesis 3:6
  • It’s edible, it makes sense, it’s available, and calling my name, Lord—and You’re asking me to wait?
  • Everybody else has one, Lord! Why are you denying me but blessing everyone else?

I quietly repented in that moment recognizing that much like Rupert, I won’t always see, sense, or understand what’s best for me, but I must always trust that God does.

A lesson learned from one spoiled Lhasa. Thank You, Lord.