My husband David with Henry and Grace
We currently have 3 big dogs in our house. Grace, a mellow golden retriever, belongs to us. Henry, a feisty and cuddly Vizsla, belongs to one of our daughters, who is living at home for a season. Lexie, an affectionate and happy mixed breed, belongs to another daughter and her husband, who are away on vacation this week. Watching these dogs has been amusing and insightful. They have taught me a great deal about how we are to relate to our Master, our heavenly Father who loves and cares for us.
Whenever we have to leave the house, even for just a short amount of time, we are greeted by some extremely joyful dogs when we return. Each one of them barks loudly with excitement, and they literally jump for joy, trying to get as close to us as possible. They run around the room in exhilaration, disappearing for a few minutes, only to return with a precious toy or bone, which they lovingly lay at our feet.
In the same way, the Lord is our delight. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11, NASB). Our greatest pleasure and gladness are meant to be found in Him (Psalm 16:11; 21:6, NASB). The more we know the Lord, the more we have to be excited about.
Over time, these dogs have learned to trust us. They come when we call them, and they sit and stay when we give them that command. They feel so relaxed and safe with us that each one of them will sleep on their back with their vulnerable underbelly exposed. Our presence and our home give them a sense of security.
We can trust in the Lord’s lovingkindness (Psalm 13:5, NASB). “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Psalm 9:10, NASB). We are safe, protected, and loved by the Lord, so much so that even our most vulnerable places are secure with Him. We can do what He says because we trust His love toward us.
Lexie sitting at my feet
Our dogs love to be near us. As I am writing this blog, Lexie is curled up at my feet. Henry is on the sunroom couch with his head in the lap of his “mama,” my daughter. Grace is smiling in the corner, next to the kitchen table where my husband David is sitting. Wherever we go in the house, we usually have one of the dogs trailing us and remaining in that location. When you love someone, you just want to be close to them.
When we love the Lord, we just want to be close to Him. We want to hear Him in His Word, meet with Him in prayer, see Him in His people, and feel Him in our hearts. He promises that seeking after Him will lead to greater intimacy with Him (Jeremiah 29:13). That’s something we can all aspire to. When it comes to our relationship with Jesus, we can all aim to have a dog’s life.
Question: How have you seen God’s hand in nature? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King