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. This post marks the fifth truth.
Quincy isn’t attached to stuff. He loves to catch a ball every once in awhile. He (unfortunately) owns a sweater that he wears on occasion only because the girls think it makes him look cute. He isn’t worried about what he is going to eat tomorrow and he doesn’t fret over the look of his bed.
The only thing he is attached to is us. Whenever he sees the suitcases come out, he gets nervous. He knows we are leaving and it is clear he is not happy about it. The last time we were packing for a trip, he stood in-between me and the suitcase, hoping his body would be enough to stop us. If he could have it his way, we would never be separated, but when we do leave, he trusts that we will come back.
Although Quincy has a fair share of issues, he’s got this one figured out. He is living a simple life, attached to the people who adopted him, feed him, care for him, and love him. What a perfect demonstration of the life God asks us to live on this earth.
He asks us:
1.) To be attached to Him.
“Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing,” (John 15:4-5, ESV).
2.) To not get caught up in the stuff of this world.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world– the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride in possessions– is not from the Father but is from the world,” (1 John 2:15-16, ESV).
3). To trust Him instead of worrying.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, and you your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? . . ….. Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt. 6:25-33).
I know for me, I am constantly checking myself in each of these areas. Sometimes I am balanced, but often times, I am off-kilter. If there is one thing that I know for sure, it is that if we seek to live a life attached to Christ, everything else will fall into place more and more each day. And the good news for us is that God doesn’t drop us off at a kennel so that he can go on vacation. He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). He is ever-present (Psalm 46:1).
Quincy, our clearance puppy, has served as a great reminder to me this week regarding the posture we should have before our Heavenly Father. I hope you’ve enjoyed these truths as much as I have. Who knew that God could use our pets to remind us about the most important relationship of all? He never seizes to amaze me!