“Our prayers should be for blessing in general, for God knows best what is good for us.” – Socrates
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. – 1 Chronicles 4:10
Decant: “to pour” – Dictionary.com
As I quickly ate my tangerine in the garage, I looked down and saw Clyde my faithful golden retriever, looking up at me with as much pleading as he could squeeze into his eyes. Pretty much like every other time I have something he wants. It’s the same with Boone, our other dog. They love to beg. But this time was different. Because this time I thought of something I’ve never thought of before. At that moment, I’m all he had. He doesn’t get food unless I give it to him. They don’t get a walk, unless I decide we need to go. Whitney and I are in control of their lives almost 100 percent. Does that remind you of anything? Do we look up to God the way our dogs look into our eyes? Begging for just one morsel. Do we trust that He will provide for our needs like our pets know they’ll be let out in time to go to the bathroom? For most of us. For me… Not even close. I think I have it under control. I think I can do pretty much whatever I want, as long as its accepted. Most of the time, I don’t think of God as having much to do with my life and what I have or get. And I’m sorry to say that. But it’s true. Perhaps that’s true for most of us. It probably is. But what if we started seeing God through the eyes of a dog? What if we actually relied on Him for our wants and needs? My dogs don’t have to rely on me. They’re faster than me. They could run off if they really wanted to. In fact they have a few times. And guess what? It doesn’t turn out very well for them. More often than not they came home bedraggled and hungry. Sure, they may have had fun. But it didn’t take long for the fun to run out. When they didn’t catch that rabbit running into the bushes, when meals weren’t so easy to come by. When they began to miss our love and affection… And so it is with us. It’s not so easy to support ourselves. We need help and a meal. We need His love. Thankfully, God is much better at taking care of us, than we are of our pets. God is providing for absolutely everything we need, even when we don’t realize it. Even when we’re on the run He is faithfully decanting His blessings on us. When my dogs run off, I have no way of caring for them. I’m limited to my call. But everywhere we run, God is on the run too. Putting that next meal on our table, even when we don’t deserve it. Providing a roof over our heads, even when we’re destroying it. Loving us, when we’re incapable of returning it. And He’s calling too. He’s calling for you and me, that we would come home. Home to a place He’s prepared just for us. Let’s stop running. Let’s start begging.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,