Okay so after ten years of marriage, my husband and I both finally agree to get a puppy for our kids. This was a total Christmas miracle! People had been on us for years saying that that our son (who is 7) NEEDS a dog. We, on the other hand, thought differently and were in total agreement with one another. All we could think about was how we would hate the clean up, the effort it would take to train, the hair, the smell, the way it would change our lives for the worst! Still…our hearts had been softened and we gave in to our eldest giving our youngest kids a puppy for Christmas.
When this little guy popped out of that box, we had no idea what we were about to step into! (hehe, no pun attended). I can honestly say I now know the meaning of “puppy dog eyes”. He had us at “woof!” There was an instant connection from his heart to ours. He was a rescue dog, so his loyalty started quickly…but so did the clean up! First thing out of the box, he runs down the hallway and leaves us a big pile of “thank you” on the carpet and oh did it stink! This was followed by three rounds of pee pee. Ahhhhh! THIS is why I didn’t want a dog, this is what I HATE about having a dog!
But then again….that loyalty….that companionship….that desire to be with us and by our side all the time. That gigantic smile on our son’s face the first time Sparky jumped up on his lap to play with him! That’s the LOVE part. The part I hadn’t considered before. A dog’s devotion, there’s really nothing like it. Well….except for our Father’s devotion to us.
Is that why God created dogs? So that we could daily witness an absolutely devoted heart? A heart that forgives completely and unconditionally? A heart that loves us no matter what we say or do?A love that isn’t based on how they feel or how we feel about them? A heart so loyal it knows when we’re upset and just wants to bring us joy again?
God thank you for using this abandoned little puppy to show our family an unconditional love like Yours.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39