There is a bumper sticker that says: “Dear God, please let me be the person that my dog thinks I am.”
I am a dog lover. My family had dogs all during my childhood and my own children begged for a dog for years. Courtney actually wanted a cat as well but after a long debate and wait…Hazel came into our lives. Hazel is a chocolate lab/ Australian Shepherd mix. Her full name is Hazelnut Cookie Washington. Again Courtney wanted her name to be Cookie and once again she lost out…mostly because the consensus was that I needed something or someone named after the first letter of my name…Carl’s “C” had been center stage long enough. So I truly don’t take offense that all three childrens’ names begin with “C” and I was left with the dog to bear the letter “H” with pride…really, I am over it!
Having a dog as an adult is definitely different than having one as a child…it is much more work and a lot more expensive…but the sheer pure companionship of a dog is second to none besides the Father.
Most people might look at the life of a dog and think that all it consists of is sleeping, eating, stretching, playing and more sleeping and stretching. As I have watched Hazel’s day, I see that there is so much more and so much that echoes the life of the Father.
I can enter a room and no matter what Hazel is currently doing, she will stop and either look at me or come immediately over to me.
In the morning, if my door to my bedroom is closed, I will find her laying outside the door…just waiting to see me…sometimes hoping I have my tennis shoes on to take her for a walk.
I find a soft place to sit on the living room couch and she will find her way to sit at my feet or as close as she can be to me. If I move, she moves.
There are times that the day gets away from me and I finally take a breather and collapse in a chair and Hazel will quietly sit directly in front of me and gaze at me as to inquire if I have forgotten something…such as a walk?
When I come home, her tail and her back half wags and wiggles so much that it reminds me of Snoopy doing a “happy dance.”
I had a very difficult pregnancy with Caleb and I was definitely not myself. During the last month or so, I was horizontal a lot. Hazel is not allowed on any furniture as she is a big girl and she sheds continually. But one afternoon, I assumed my customary position on the bed and normally Hazel would find herself a place on the rug below but on this day, she jumped up on the bed, circled a time or two and laid as close to me as possible. She seemed to have zero concern that she would be scolded because it was more important for her to be near her ailing owner.
A dog is a wonderful companion…a very tangible one…but here are some reminders from the Word about our Constant Companion…the One that DOES know the kind of person we are and still loves us, delights in us, waits and longs for us and watches over us continually.
Psalm 91:4 (New International Version)
” He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Psalm 121:4 (New International Version)
” indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”
2 Chronicles 16:9a (Amplified Bible)
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him.”
Psalm 139:7-12 (The Message)
“Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.”
Psalm 73:23-28 (New International Version)
” Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (Amplified Bible)
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.”
Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified Bible)
“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!”
I am thankful for the big fur ball that walks through our home. I am even more thankful that the Almighty God can call my heart His home as well.
Thank you that You love me. Help me to remember that You are always close to me, that You wait for me and that You long to spend time with me. I am so overwhelmed to know that You take such delight in me and that You actually do the “happy dance” when you think of me or see me. Thank you for being my constant companion…my friend.