Deep Thoughts: A Puppy's Perspective
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says 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.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Who doesn’t love puppies? They are the personification of love; just furry little bundles of joy. If only they could immediately understand what we are trying to teach them, the whole experience of raising a puppy would be perfection.
You can almost see in their eyes what they want to say: “Why are there fences instead of unlimited freedom to go wherever I want? Why can’t I have that food instead of puppy kibble? Why can’t I chew on your favorite pair of shoes or the corner of the baseboard instead of just the toys you give me? Why are you leaving me? Are you ever coming back? Will you still love me and want me even if I am bad? Are you going to abandon me someday like the other people I loved and wanted so desperately to please? Are you going to punish me? When I wander off, do you understand how happy I am to see you when you come find me? Help me learn to understand you…”
If they could only know and trust that we love them so much and honestly have their best interest at heart, their lives would be so much easier. There would be no separation anxiety when we leave because they would know we will always come back home; and when we give them medicine or baths, they wouldn’t resist because they would understand it is ultimately for their good. As I have watched our new puppy play, it has occurred to me that my relationship with God is a lot like that.
If I would just trust that His love for me is greater than I can comprehend, I wouldn’t doubt His faithfulness. When I don’t immediately receive the things I pray for, I would understand that His reasons for saying no are for my own good; and when He wants to take something from my grasp, I would release it into His care without hesitation, knowing that whatever He wants to give me in its place is far better than what I thought I wanted. I would be able to rest easier if I would trust that He knows what is best for me. And the times when it seems God has grown distant, I just need to realize He isn’t the one who has gone away. He is still right there where I have always found Him. I am the one who has followed my nose onto a path that may not lead back to Him, but all I need to do is cry out to Him and He will meet me wherever I am, and He will lovingly bring me back to His side without rebuke. The best part of all is that, even though His ways are sometimes hard for me to understand, He gave me an instruction book where I can go for the answers, and His Holy Spirit continually listens for my voice, interceding for me so I can learn to understand Him better when I am seeking Him with my whole heart.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for Your great love for me and for the many ways you show me that I can trust You to know what is best for me. Forgive me when doubts assail, and for the times I wander away from Your path. Draw me nearer every day; help me to recognize Your voice, and to understand and trust Your will and Your perfect plan for my life. Thank you for everything You have given me and everything You have done to teach me Your ways, to save me, and to keep me safe within Your loving embrace. Your presence is the sweetest thing I know and I long to crawl up in your lap, rest my head on your chest and just be wrapped in Your love. I praise You, love You and thank You for the blessing of Your presence in my life and the joy that is mine because You call me Your precious Child, in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
“I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.” Jeremiah 24:7
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8