He is our clearance puppy who somehow over the course of seven years has stolen our hearts and become so incredibly human-like, it is a bit creepy. I told my husband that I was going to do a blog series on Quincy and he started laughing. This dog, although sweet, has some issues; issues that we typically either laugh about or scream out in sheer frustration. What could I possibly write about that you might find enjoyable? Helpful?
Well, here it goes. . . .
It turns out God uses our pets (who become more like a family members) to reveal truths about the relationship He desires to have with us. This week, Quincy is the highlight.
5 Days ~ 5 truths about the most important of all relationships, namely, a relationship with our Creator and Savior, through the lens of a pet and a pet owner.
If you are a dog-lover, I trust that you will be able to resinate with every one of these truths. My prayer is that you would begin to see your Heavenly Father in a new way after each of these posts and that you might re-evaluate your posture towards Him!
Truth 1: The Desire to be Near is Evident.
Fact: When Quincy wakes up, he comes looking for me.
The minute Quincy wakes up, he comes to find me. It’s the first thing he does. I can hear him as he comes bounding down the stairs because his tail hits the wall as it sways from side to side. His claws tap and click on the floor as he races to find me. His weird toothy smile and his snorting sounds (which we believe is his version of a kiss) find me in one of three places. If I’m not in the first place, he will continue on his search until he finds me and receives my greeting.
Fact: When I move, Quincy moves.
On the hottest day of summer, Quincy will tolerate the uncomfortable in order to be near me. On the snowiest day, Quincy wants to be outside with us, even when he is uncomfortable because his paws are snow and ice packed. Wherever he is comfortably lying, if I move, he is up in a split second following me to the next place of business, be it the school room, the laundry room, the kitchen, or the exercise room. If I am heading out the door, Quincy begs for the invitation to come along. When he does, what awaits him is unknown. Will it simply be a ride in the car? A Dairy Queen pup cup? A donut? Or a visit to the vet to get his annual shots?
In short, it doesn’t matter where I go, he is sure to follow. Being with me is more important, in his mind, than his comfort or desires.
Fact: When I move closer, Quincy stays put.
One morning last week, he rested on the floor while I did my cardio. Afterwards, I grabbed some hand weights and hit the mat to do core work. I lay down next to him an began my series of sets. I ended up moving a little closer to him so that I could do a certain exercise. The hand weights should have caused him some concern, but they didn’t. He leaned further in, curling up next to me while I finished.
Quincy trusts me. He knows that I will not hurt him and that he is safe with me. No matter how close I move towards him, he doesn’t inch away. He stays put and sometimes, he leans further in.
Oh, what a sweet reminder as to how the Lord desires for us to respond to Him:
- That the first thing we do when we wake up should be to find him.
- That when He moves, we should move too!
God wants us to stay with Him and to be a part of what He’s doing. So often, we think the Lord should follow us on all of our adventures, making sure that all goes well. Instead, we should stay with Him, moving only when He moves. Sometimes in following after Him, we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation. Know that it’ll be okay. Sometimes He leads us to a time of unknown and asks us to be patient and wait. Know that it’ll be okay. The sentence “Wait for the Lord” is found in all of the following passages which tells me this idea is one the Lord wants us to get and be reminded of frequently. (Psalm 27:14, Psalm 31:24, Psalm 37:7, Psalm 37:34, Psalm 38:15). Sometimes we find ourselves enjoying something amazing (like a pup cup or a donut). Who doesn’t love those moments! We serve a God who loves to give amazing gifts to those who are His. Our response to Him should always be, “I’m coming along. Wherever you go, I will follow.” And the difference between me, the pet owner, and God, the King of Kings, is that He will always say yes to our desire to be with Him!
- That when He moves closer, we should stay put or lean in a little more.
The Lord wants to be involved in our lives. He will scoot a little closer and desires that we wouldn’t scoot away from him, but that we would stay put or lean towards him. That we would trust Him at all times, knowing that He is a good, good Father. (Jer. 29:11).
Lean in a little more, Mustard Seed Girls. Draw near to Him! Chase after Him. Stay with Him.
P.S. Don’t miss out on tomorrow’s post: Trash Junkie! It’s gonna get real.