Have you ever held a little puppy? Have you had one at your home?
What can puppies do? Do they know how to take care of themselves?
Do they whine and cry because they want their mommy?
Do they lick your hands or try to kiss your face?
Do puppies make messes?
When puppies are weaned away from their mommy, they still need someone to be their master; they need you. They know they need you to take care of them. And they try to show you, and they only have one thing to give to try to say thank you. Guess what that is...any ideas?
They piddle on the floor. It's the only thing they have to give.
And, because we know they can't help it, we clean up their messes.
Puppies cannot clean up their own messes, can they!
Did you know that we're sort of like puppies in God's eyes? The best we have to give on our own is to make messes. And, because God loves us so much, He cleans up our messes, because He knows we cannot do it ourselves.
But, He doesn't want to leave us making messes. He wants to train us, rather like we train our puppies. He wants to spend time with us, so we know how much He cares for us. We learn to hear His voice, telling us what to do. And, we learn to do what He commands, to show Him our thanks.
Do you know what God did to show us how much He loves us?
His name "Emmanuel" means "God with us." God put skin on to come to earth and be with us. We know Him as Jesus, who died for us, to open the door to life beyond the grave. When He went back to Heaven, He said He would not leave us alone. He promised He would give us the Comforter, which is His own Holy Spirit, to be with us.
When we hear that little Voice inside us, reminding us "Didn't Daddy ask you to help your little brother?" that's a message from God to our heart. It's God's voice, training us to be obedient. That's a big word that means to mind our parents and teachers so we learn the right things to do. And, we especially hear God's Voice when we listen to His Word from the Bible, like we did today.
Now, I'm going to tell you a true story about my Uncle Dean and one of his dogs.
Uncle Dean loved dogs. And, they knew it because he loved to spend time with them. Dean and his dogs were inseparable. Uncle Dean knew how to train his dogs, too. And, because the dogs learned to love their master in return, they did what he told them to do.
One day, Uncle Dean left the house to sing at a funeral. His golden lab followed him down the driveway. She didn't know that she couldn't go along to church. She probably thought she and her master were going for a walk. Anyway, Uncle Dean stopped and looked at his dog and said, "Stay!" Then he got in the car and drove away.
The dog sat down by the mailbox to wait for her master. She waited for an hour and she didn't budge from the spot. It began to rain. Still, she sat where her master told her to stay. My uncle's children called to her, but she didn't budge. They even came out in the rain and tried to pull on her collar to make her come in out of the rain. But, still, she wouldn't budge. Her master told her to "stay," and stay she did.
She probably wondered why Uncle Dean told her to stay, but she loved him and if he told her to stay, then she would wait. She wouldn't listen to any other voices.
Finally, Uncle Dean returned from the funeral. He saw his dog waiting, right where he had left her. Can you imagine how much he loved that obedient dog, and how much that dog loved her master?
Now, next time you see a puppy, will you remember this story? And, will you listen for that little Voice from God, telling you how to be obedient, too. Then, you will be what we call one of Jesus' disciples, one of His companions and friends.
I needed to read something that would warm my heart and stir my soul. God brought you to mind and this is where I landed. You did both with this beautifully told story, you warmed my heart and stirred my soul. The comment left by Jesus Puppy was a rich bonus!
Puppies are loyal to their Master, If they trully belong to them, hear and soul, they will love them forever. Beaten or kicked, chased off by the world, that pup will always know who their master really is and show that love in return.
Take it from a Pup, I may not be the best of children, but I know who my Master is, and will always love Him. Because HE loved me first.