DayBreaks for 9/19/18: Lessons My Dog Taught Me
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2008:
Lesson: It’s important to try to communicate our love as often as possible.
Oftentimes throughout the day (and night!) Casper (my white boxer) comes to wherever I am at and either stands or sits, looking at me with those large, soulful eyes that are characteristic of the breed. He is totally irresistible when he does that!!!!! I can’t help myself…I simply MUST respond to him. I take his head in my hands, stroke his neck, pat the top of his head, rub his back, scratch his chest…and start talking.
What do I say? Well, since I can’t speak dog, and he can’t speak English, I just speak to him in my own language…I tell him over and over again what a good dog he is, that he’s a good boy, and more often than not, I find myself telling him, “I love you so much! Do you know how much I love you?” I say that over and over and over. Do you know why? Because I want to be sure that he KNOWS he is loved and that I’m crazy about him. Does he understand me? His soulful eyes leave me wondering if he grasps any of what I’m saying. I honestly don’t know. I hope he understands, but regardless, he sure seems to like it!
As I thought about this, I thought about God’s dilemma in trying to tell us how much He loves us. The analogy isn’t a perfect one, for surely God can communicate in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German or any other language He chooses…but since He doesn’t audibly speak to most of us, He usually communicates His love to us in other ways.
God’s native language is the language of heaven, while ours is one of the languages of earth. So God, for thousands of years, attempted to communicate His love to mankind through blessing, through beauty, through a thousand-and-one tender and loving gestures…but we didn’t get it.
At least, not many got it…until Jesus came and then God could literally take our head in his hands, look us in the eye, and say, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should have everlasting life.” Even in Jesus, God’s gestures were the greatest proof of His love – the cross being pre-eminent among them.
And, I wonder: how many times a day is God trying to tell me in one way or another “I love you so much! Do you know how much I love you?” And I wonder, in the same fashion that I wonder if my dog understands my love for him, if I even begin to grasp the ways and times and depth of God’s love and how He tries to communicate it to me.
This much I do know: I will keep telling Casper how much I love him every day. God keeps telling me, too, if I only have ears to hear it. And I need to tell those around me how much I love them – and make sure they understand that God loves them, too!
PRAYER: I thank You, God, for my dog and for love. I thank You that You never tired of trying to show and tell us how very much we are loved. Give us ears to hear it and hearts to believe it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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