Dog Training

Ephesians 1_5_Dog Training2

Meet my “Grand-dog,” Dory.  During Covid, my daughter Amy adopted her to be a companion during the periods of isolation.  We don’t know all of Dory’s history, but we were told she was a stray living on the streets.  From the moment of their first meeting, Dory was incredibly attached to her owner.

In fact, wherever Amy goes, her dog is bound to follow.  If Amy sits on the couch and lounges, Dory is right next to her.  If Amy gets up and walks the few steps to the kitchen, Dory gets up and follows.  If Amy works at a desk, Dory sits at her feet the entire time.  Dory is content to sit for hours as long as Amy is near.  Yet she’s also excited to get up and go places at Amy’s command.  Content to do little, content to do much – as long as she’s near her master.

Without intending to, Dory has taught me a lot.  First, our Master has adopted us into His family simply because He desires our companionship.  He doesn’t need us; He wants us! Pretty amazing thought.  Next, Dory has reminded me of the need to remain near my Master so I can sense His movement.  Where He goes, I want to follow.  When He tells me to stay, I want to rest in His presence. 

Lastly, that sweet dog exemplifies contentment.  Doing nothing, or crossing a busy street on foot to get coffee, she simply accepts what the Master asks her to do.  No questions asked, just joyful obedience (well, most of the time). 

Today, thank God for adopting you into His family.  Spend a moment to appreciate that the God of the universe desires YOUR companionship!  Remain near Him; be content to sit by His side, or go wherever He sends you.  Good dog! 😉

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5, NLT)

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