Friday, August 21, 2009

Dayenu: The Canine and Car Version

I woke to the sound of Sarah's voice. "Mom, do we have a bandanna I can tie around my nose? The dog crapped three times in my room and once in the basement."

Thus started my day. Is this the beginning of the end of my sweet dog's life? Two days ago Molly had an accident in the basement. She is nine years old and we've had her nearly seven. She has had maybe five accidents in seven years, but three this week. I hope she just got into some bad trash. But I don't know.

And, as if yesterday's vehicle problems weren't enough," I thought this morning as I climbed into Steve's un-airconditioned Jeep to take Sarah to work, "it'd be pretty funny (NOT) if something went wrong with this one." I had to do some returns, follow the tow truck to Ron's garage, pick up some groceries, and call for a hair appointment. (With this shaggy mane in my face, my new name is Llasa ApZo.)

I discovered when starting to load the groceries into the back of the Jeep, the hatch doesn't work either.
I discovered that now, not only do the back right door and hatch not work, the right front door doesn't either.

Just as I was saying the words "as if they weren't enough," God quickened my spirit to the words of a song we sing at Passover. It's called "Dayenu," which means "it would have been enough." The song is upbeat, a prep to the hallel (praise) section of the haggadah during the seder. The words recount God's miracles to Israel. The Jews say, "it would have been enough if God had only taken us out of Egypt, but he parted the Red Sea. It would have been enough if He had parted the Red Sea, and not drowned the Egyptians behind us. It would have been enough if He had punished the Egyptians but not led us through the wilderness."

After singing 15 stanzas of "it would have been enough," one's heart can't help but have praise for God.

So I determined that I would come up with 15 stanzas (okay, one-liners) to help me see my car and canine problems from a posture of thanks and praise.

1. If God had only given us one good dog in our family, it would have been enough.
2. If God had not given us a second great dog after Lady, it would have been enough.
3. If God had only given us Molly for a little while to comfort us, it would have been enough.
4. If God had only given us Himself to comfort us, it would have been enough.
5. If God had only given us the van to take us everywhere we need to go, it would have been enough.
6. If God had only given us the Kia to take us everywhere we need to go, it would have been enough.
7. If God had only provided one honest auto technician ("don't call him a mechanic," says his wife), it would have been enough.
8. If God had only let us break down on the side of a safe road at dinnertime, it would have been enough.
9. If God had only chosen a produce stand for us to break down in front of, it would have been enough.
10. If God had chosen me to be a single mom with no one to call for help except Himself, it would have been enough.
11. If God had chosen a husband for me who had only compassion and no ability with jumper cables, it would have been enough.
12. If God had chosen a time for the van to break down when that compassionate husband with
jumper cables was not already close to the produce stand when we called him for help, it would have been enough.
13. If God had not provided a merciful care group member to bring Sarah home a few hours later, it would have been enough.
14. If Ben didn't have his own car, it would have been enough.
15. If I didn't have a blog, but only my mouth to praise God with for blessing us with sweet hounds and extra wheels, it would have been enough.

Dayenu!

6 comments:

Rachelle said...

Wow, you blessed me today. I seriously needed this. I would love to hear the rest of the "Dayenu", maybe I will look it up. I also am going to make my own. Can I link to this today?

Danielle said...

Slightly off subject, but have you seen "Marley and Me"? Such a sweet dog/marriage story.

Zoanna said...

Rachelle, of course you may link to this. The Messianics have an extra special perspective (as do Christians). You'l feel, once you've done 15, you've just gotten started--which is true!

Danielle, I watched that movie this summer and bawled and bawled and bawled, hugging my doggie to pieces. Loved it. Even made Ben cry and he keeps begging us to get another dog "for Molly--to keep her young and...in case something happens."

Laurie Lynn said...

Dayenu!
Amen x 15
BTW "Llasa ApZo"!
Dayenu?!!

Amy said...

love it. and totally LOL at "Llasa ApZo"--your witty ability with language never ceases to delight me :)

Rachelle said...

Thank you Zoanna. And, yes! I felt like I was just getting started with "Dayenu" at 15. I started pondering which blessings to include, there are so many.I am admittedly jealous of Messianics; with your tradition and knowledge of history. This adopted 'sister' is going to have to learn more from you!
Praying everything works out for you with your vacation and that you 'find' your hairdresser.