For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things. Psalms 107:9
Some people have impressive dogs. They train their dogs to do tricks, to fetch things, to sit patiently at their feet, and all sorts of cool things. And then, there are phenomenal service dogs that have been trained to lead the blind safely, to detect pending seizures, or to monitor anxiety. It is truly incredible what a dog can be trained to do.
My dog does none of those things. He has stopped chewing on my home, and I consider that a major accomplishment on his part. He weighs around 60-65 pounds and thinks he’s a lap dog. He’s afraid of the prissy little dog in one back yard behind ours, but in another back yard, he races back and forth trying to attack the dog that’s twice his size. Yet, he does one thing that continues to amaze me. When I feed him twice each day, he stands away and waits for me to pet him before he goes to his food. Even if I’ve just been sitting with him on the couch, he doesn’t eat until he’s been petted, hugged, and loved on.
That is a constant reminder to me, and perhaps for you, as well. Our deepest longing, our greatest hunger, should be for God. Only in Christ will we ever truly be fully satisfied, fully content. When our souls are not fed by the love of God, no matter how much we eat or how much we have or how much we do, it will never be enough.
My dog has absolute faith that his body will be fed, but he being petted and scratched is more important. It does not require great intelligence to know that love is our greatest need.
Today, I am going to be more intentional about letting my Father love on me, and then do my best not to gnaw on the furniture of Heaven. I pray you let our God love on you, too.
In Christ –
Rev. Elizabeth Moreau