November 19th, 2013
I’m a cat person. Let’s just get that out there from the start.
I do love all animals, though – dogs included. Being a cat mom, I’ve never experienced the loyalty and unconditional love of a canine. Recently, as I was leaving the Y, I saw this unconditional love in action.
Sitting in the driver’s seat of a truck in our parking lot was a beautiful Boxer. From my vantage point, it looked as if he could reach forward, turn the key, and back out of the space. Frankly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had been wearing glasses with a newspaper on his lap – he looked that human. But he wasn’t distracted. He was staring INTENSLY toward the front door. I walked right past him…no change in his gaze. Kids behind me cooed at him…nothin’.
I’m confident that the very moment his owner was in sight, he got up, made some noise, and waggled. Likely there was a LOT of waggling. And I’m sure his owner experienced the whole I’m-so-happy-to-see-you-I-could-explode bit that dogs do so well. So loyal. So loving.
A guy named Paul wrote a letter to the people in Rome after Jesus’ death, explaining to these new Christians what to believe and how to behave. He shared with them this: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
I think God is like that Boxer. Though the dog isn’t almighty and Creator and all-powerful, they certainly share the all-loving quality. And like the Boxer did that day, God watches us walk away from Him over and over again, yet He’s sitting in the driver’s seat waiting anxiously to see our face… When we do return to Him, I imagine Him shaking with excitement (maybe even waggling) – nothing else in the world being more important than that we have once again returned.
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by Melissa Pulliam | Comments (12)