1. When dogs get loose, they often like to start a game of chase. The more you run after them, the farther they go. They don't understand the dangers that running off imposes, such as getting hit by a car. How often do we do this with God? He calls us and calls us, yet we choose to go our own way and risk the dangers of the world.
2. Dogs rely on their owners for their basic needs. It is up to people to give them food and water and provide them with shelter. Sadly, there are far too many animals who end up in homes or situations where they are neglected, but for the dogs who are well-cared for, they know food will come and water will always be available. They do not have to worry about it. In the same way as good owners provide for their pets, God will take care of His people. He knows our needs before we even ask. We can trust Him to provide.
3. What dog likes to go to the vet? There's all the poking and prodding, and it often hurts. The beloved canine doesn't understand the visit is for its own good. Other times the trip is a result of injury or illness, and the road to recovery can be difficult. It's not the vet's fault, yet a dog associates the pain with the clinic and fears the vet. Life can be that way for us. It is often painful, sometimes excruciatingly so, but God is the Great Physician. He can bind up broken hearts, heal the aches, or use the trials to make us stronger. Healing takes time, and scars will remain. Sometimes we fight and resist Him so much that we make our own wounds worse and then blame Him for it, but God continues to offer comfort if we seek it.
4. Dogs will test our patience. How often do we test God's? We continually repeat the same behaviors over and over again despite the fact they are detrimental to us or others, yet God continually offers grace and forgiveness through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
In the end, there are many owners who do give up on their dogs and relinquish them to animal shelters, but God will never give up on us, no matter how badly we mess up. He will always be waiting with open arms for us to return. As I watch Fox deteriorate from old age, it is becoming increasingly clear that I will have to say good-bye before long. It might be days or weeks or months, but the time will come when I no longer have this faithful companion by my side. I will always cherish the years we spent together. His many antics have made me laugh, as well as want to pull my hair out, yet I never wanted to give up on him. Nothing he did could make me stop loving him. How much greater is God's love for us? It never fails.
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