Most of the time Buddy wants to lay down in the space between the ottoman and the chair. This morning I didn't allow it because my knee and back have been hurting from a fall outside. Stepping over a dog from a rising position is not easy for me today. I really don't want to pull or wrench any more muscles.
So I observe that he is not appreciating my choice of closing up the space. It has taken him a few minutes to pick another spot and lay down. But he is down now and when I get up, I don't have to risk getting hurt.
Goodness sakes! Isn't that just what our adversary does to followers of Christ? He finds a crack in our armor; a weakness that hasn't been surrendered to God. He slowly insinuates himself in that crack and takes up residence. It all seems so comfortable and non-threatening. But then we rise up and this weak area is painful and we holler and yell at those around us because of the inflammation. We do not deal with this pain silently.
Our adversary has "game film" on each one of us. He watches and identifies our weak areas. He punches those weak spots with all his might and we ultimately go down hard. Do we go down alone? No, we struggle fiercely and take other people down with us.
Down on the hard, hard ground, we come to our senses, reach a hand up and He clasps it saying "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls". Matthew 11:28-29