“The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1, NIV)
I was sitting on my couch the other day staring at my dog sitting next to me. Maggie is the fourth in the line-up of several dogs I’ve owned. All of them mutts from the pound. Maggie is a Terrier of some kind. Cute, cuddly, sometimes smells bad…OK, she smells funky most of the time…but, I love her anyways. There is just something about a dog…
Everyone should own one. They change you. They make you better. I actually believe they’re messengers from heaven!
I have had several dogs through my life. Some more of a blessing than others. But, of all the companions we adopted, one transformed my soul in ways like no person could. I will never see life the same because of Beau.
I miss Beau. He was the first. Loud and obnoxious at times, stinky at others, but playful in spirit, attractive to the eye and soft to the touch. At times, just looking at him, stirred something brand new in me. A cuddler by nature…his favorite thing to do was to sleep with me on the couch and nestle his head in the crook of my neck. That was my favorite! Having 40 pounds of fur and stinky breath pressing into my chest made my heart melt. All He wanted was my presence, my attention. Whether chasing a ball, or sleeping on the couch, it seemed I was his prize.
Remember what I said earlier, that these bundles of fur are also messengers of heaven; consider this…
Like many of us, God is a father. And a good one at that. He does not rule by imposition, but by invitation. God did not have to pay the price to bring you home, but He did anyways. Despite your initial issues, He cleaned up your messes without asking for anything in return. He’s glad to give you the run of His home, and for you to enjoy all His resources. And even though you might contribute in ways that might be…let’s say… a little frustrating; He’s glad you’re there. And God’s greatest joy…is simply that you long for His presence…that He is your reward.
Today, may His presence inspire you to live boldly and extravagantly!