There are many lessons to be learned as a dog owner. Here are two that came to mind this week…
When walking the dogs, I have the pups on a leash, and we head down the street. I know our dogs, and I know that they will take every opportunity to bark. I like to avoid this. (And usually passersby do, too.)
I happen to be a lot taller than our dogs and can see farther down the road than them. If I see someone else with a dog, I will try to go another way, or pick up Buddy (the biggest barking culprit) and keep him quiet. If I see a car coming, I can get them out of the way, whereas the dogs would happily wander the street unaware of a car. If I see blackberry vines on the side of the road, we won’t walk there. The dogs may REALLY want to walk in the blackberry vines because they just saw a rabbit hop into them, but I know better.
One time I was walking Buddy and spotted a big German Shepard running full speed down the street towards us. He seemed to be enjoying a big escape and had us in mind as part of his riotous jailbreak. Buddy couldn’t see him, but I could, so I picked Buddy up. The Shepard ran full-on at us, causing me to go into karate kid mode as the dog leaped at us trying to get at Buddy in my arms. I protected Bud and kicked and screamed at the dog. Soon the owner came, hauled off Cujo, and Buddy and I were safe.
You may see where I’m going with this…God has the biggest view of all!
Isaiah 55:8 & 9:For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s ways are higher than our ways. He has the BIG picture. Heck, He invented the picture! He sees a lot further down the “street” than we do. And He knows us personally. He wants to keep us from having to bark. He doesn’t want us going off into the blackberry bushes. He wants to protect us from our own personal Cujos. I love my dogs like crazy and will protect them, but God’s love is so much bigger for us! Imagine all He does for us daily to bless and protect us.
Trusting in Him keeps us out of trouble.
Proverbs 3:5 & 6:Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We can trust in God because He’s the one Who’s a billion steps ahead of us. In a huge chess game, He knows all the moves. And He set it up so we can win.
One more tidbit to leave you with. At any time, I can take the dog’s collar off and pick him up. The walnut-sized brain of a dog has no idea how this happens, or when it will happen. They can’t fathom how we can take a collar off them, and they have no control of when I pick them up.
We can’t fathom how one day Jesus Christ will return for his saints. The dead in Christ shall rise first, and those who are alive will be changed, then we will be gathered together with him in the clouds, to be forever with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:16&17.) Like a dog can’t comprehend being un-collared and picked up, we see through a glass darkly and can’t understand all of the return, but if God says we’ll be picked up, we certainly will be!
How comforting to know we have a loving God on our side Who looks out for and protects us.
Let me know if you have you ever felt God scoop you up and protect you.