Remember the movie, “Ground Hog Day?” Well, I feel like I am living my own version of it here in Flower Mound. In the movie, Bill Murray is a television weatherman, assigned to do a story on Ground Hog Day. Each day he wakes up, it is Ground Hog Day again and again, and the same things happen over and over for days. It gets to the point where Bill Murray thinks this is how the rest of his life will be!
My version involves a bunny and my dog, Jewel. Every time I let her out in the morning, the exact same scenario occurs. Jewel races to the corner of the yard where a bunny lives, and the bunny, aware of Jewel’s presence, scampers off, just in the nick of time! The first time I saw it, I thought the bunny would immediately find a new home. It was a narrow escape! The next day, I thought the bunny may have thought Jewel was a one-time experience, so it remained in the yard. The third day it happened, I thought, “This bunny is not too bright! It risks its life every morning, waking up daily to the sounds of a charging dog, who, if she ever reaches it in time, would most likely treat the bunny like one of her stuffed toys!”
This has gone on for weeks and I realized this daily routine is a lot like human nature. So often we don’t change our behavior, and continue doing the same things over and over again, with the same results. We live out our own type of Ground Hog Day, whether it’s the way we react to an issue, the way we handle a loved one, or how we treat our bodies. It’s a habit that is repeated over and over again and we don’t get anywhere because of it. I know I am guilty and cannot change my own behavior, without the power of Christ working through me. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When I know I need to change something, and start living out my own kind of “Ground Hog Day,” I ask for the Lord to give me the power to overcome, and most times, I see results!
Ground Hog Day eventually ended for Bill Murray after he learned some valuable things about himself. I think that’s the way we look back on our own personal “Ground Hog Days,” when we emerge from them. We realize they happened for a reason, and we can give God the glory for helping us to escape from our destructive habits!