DayBreaks for 9/28/16 – Lessons My Dog Taught Me, #37
From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
Lesson: let the Master scratch your itch.
You’ve heard of obsessive/compulsive disorder, I’m sure. We call it OCD – the type of behavior that just can’t “let go” of something. Well, I’m not a dog psychologist, but I think Casper may have OCD.
There are two things he does that make me think this. First, any time he sees a reflection (from the face of a watch, or off a computer screen or any shiny object), laser pointer or even a flashlight (lit or not!), he is obsessed with it! He “locks on” to it with every ounce of energy and attention in his taut body and he won’t stop chasing it until it goes away fully. Even then he looks for it for several more minutes. It’s bizarre.
But there’s another thing that he’s obsessive about: he LOVES to have his belly scratched. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night or something in-between, he wants you to scratch his belly! He lets you know about it, too, because he’ll come over to where you are sitting or laying or standing, and he’ll raise up one of his paws and “paw” your arm until you get the idea. So, you scratch his belly until you think your arm will fall off, your fingers have gone into permanent cramp-mode, and you stop. But what does he think of this? He doesn’t care if your arm does fall off – he’ll start pawing you again until you start rubbing his tummy again! He has no shame.
I couldn’t help but think that God wants us to desire His contact as badly as Casper wants mine. And I should want that touch from Him as desperately as Casper wants my touch. How good and pleasant it is to lie down in green pastures, to drink the cool waters, to enjoy the table full of blessings that the Lord’s presence provides! Can there be anything better than that?
Sometimes we just need to slow down and let God scratch our belly so we are filled with delight. And as Scripture says, His arm never loses strength or grows weary!
PRAYER: Thank you, Father, for the ways you bless and comfort us each day. May we be obsessed with Your Presence and may we take time to revel in Your touch. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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