Anyone with a dog knows the look. Those great big dark eyes looking directly into your soul saying, “Look at me. You know I’m your best friend and I want nothing but to please you.” As their chin nuzzles securely onto that spot where your knee ends and your thigh begins, they continue… “That sure looks good… and so much…you don’t need to keep all that food to yourself ya know. I don’t ask for much… so… could you…would you drop a couple of scraps for me?”
My sister and her family call this the “ever so hopeful look”. I believe it’s a universal talent in the K-9 world of begging. Our furry friends hope for so little from us in exchange for so many priceless benefits we receive from them. They don’t talk back to us, would never think poorly of us and wouldn’t ever dream of weighing the pros and cons of remaining loyal to us. They just love us unconditionally; trust that we will take care of their needs and hope for a rewarding scrap or two along the way.
We dog lovers experience much joy but certainly have our fair share of pain. Recently our black pug Penny was diagnosed with “Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome.” (A fancy name for ‘she has suddenly gone blind’.) My vet said something very thoughtful and interesting to me. She said, “Owners tend to put themselves in the place of their dogs, thinking “Oh my goodness, this is so devastating for them. Their life is now dark and sad. But,” she went on to say, “these animals tend to be resilient. Just like before they were blind, they are content just knowing and feeling the warmth of your touch and the sound of your voice. They are content just to be with you.”
I know she was comforting me and I knew she was right. It made me think. The absolute trust that I see in Penny has opened my eyes to a deeper truth about our own tendency toward spiritual blindness. Is our contentment with God swayed by our ever changing emotions or are we solidly grounded in our hope, love and trust in Him?
My little dog knowing that she is loved and cared for no matter what is precisely what God wants us to understand about how he feels about us. His promise to never leave us or forsake us should bring us comfort; making us “ever so hopeful” for more than just scraps we are so often grasping for.
God shows his love for you by unveiling the feast of His message. In your next prayer time ask God to open your eyes to the feast he has prepared especially for you! A feast that includes a peace and hopeful contentment that surpasses all understanding,
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. So that you may overflow with hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
“Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
“God can bring peace to your past, purpose to your present and hope to your future.” John 14:27
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will you give him a snake? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” Matthew 7:10
“The gospel infuses hope and joy in our current circumstances by acknowledging God’s greatness over any crisis we’ll face.” Randy Alcorn, “God’s Promise of Happiness.”
“A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, smart or dumb. Give him your heart…and he’ll give you his.” Milo Gathma
“I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.” Will Rogers
Monday Must see Video:
“Hope in Front of Me” Danny Gokey (An American Idol star!)