God's love, God's patience, prayer, puppies, quiet time, rest

Jack Chronicles II

There’s a wiggling puppy between my feet. He’s always gnawing, sniffing, biting, and busy– unless he’s asleep. When he is asleep he is a perfect angel.

Loss of mind allowed this puppy into our lives. A pure moment of insanity. When he is in the middle of a “Jack Attack” and nothing will stop him from growling and biting my shoe strings as I try to walk or when he leaves several large puddles strung a mile through the kitchen, I have to convince myself that he will not always be this way. He is a pup. He is learning. Growing.

Despite my frustration, he is also growing on me. Watching my son playing with him and loving him softens my heart.

I wonder if this is how God feels about me.

Does He ever get frustrated with my slow learning? Do my prayers for the same thing over and over nip at his heels and make it difficult for Him to walk with me? Do my insecurities and selfish ways leave a mess in my wake that God has to clean up? Does Jesus’ love for me soften His heart? Am I growing on Him?

Jack (the puppy) is endearing when he wants me to hold him. It does my heart good when he’s glad to see me. And I love when he settles down to sit at my feet so closely he touches my skin or lays his chin on the top of my foot.

If I feel this way, a being made in the image of God, I’ve no doubt that my Father-God also loves it when we just want to spend time with Him. I know he loves when we sit at His feet as close as we can, and we rest on Him.

I’m learning many lessons from parenting this puppy. But I think the reminder of God’s patience and love for us is the biggest one of all.

…and the importance of resting at His feet.

Much grace and peace,

The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

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