Thursday, March 24, 2011

Disappearing Dog Food

Our house we helped build in Oakland in the 1960’s was three levels, and you entered on the main floor, where the general living quarters were. This included an office, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, bath and the large master bedroom.

One flight down was a family room with a kitchen, a full bath and a separate entrance. Off from the family area were four bedrooms each with a key lock for our four teen age children. Our thought was to eventually rent out the rooms to college students as our children left home.

From that second level, a stairway led down to the basement. Here was another large room that could be used for exercise equipment. From that room a door led to a storage area under the house and to another door which opened to the yard where our three dogs stayed during the day.

Along the outside of the house was a sloping sidewalk that could easily take you from the front of the house all the way to the lower floors and finally to the basement area.

We shopped for our dog food in bulk, so we used a hand truck that carried large bags of dog food to the basement third floor down, storage area. It was easier to feed our dogs from the basement which was closer to their yard.

At night, you might imagine the joyful sound as we opened all doors, and our three dogs, all howling, knew to make a galloping run up all the flights of stairs and into the garage where their “night- night” boxes and a chew bone was waiting for them.

While we realized our dogs all had nice appetites, it seemed strange that our bags of dog food seemed to disappear like magic.

I told my husband that we needed to purchase a large rat trap, just in case. Having obtained the necessary trap, we baited it with a hunk of cheese. Wouldn’t you know it, that before we could even leave the room, we heard a loud cracking snap?

Entering the basement, there we found the largest, prettiest (dead of course) rat that you had ever seen, with such a nice slick, shiny coat that almost glistened in the light.

We set the trap again, and one after the other we caught a dozen rats, all sleek and well fed. Happy at last, we had discovered the gang of thieves who were stealing our goods!

Speaking of thieves, the Bible tells us that Satan is a liar, a thief and a robber and he loves to steal from us.

Satan pilfers our time in many ways, make off with our money if we are not wise, and robs us of our health if we do not learn to care for our bodies.

If allowed to do the big ONE, that old devil wants to steal our souls.

Each of us can set our trap to catch him at his antics. We must learn to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit within us - - that lets us know when we are being taken advantage of by the devil himself. Yes, we can ask God to help us to be harmless as doves and wise as serpents.

Do not allow Satan to steal from you!!  Set your trap for him now!!

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