My only attempts at having a pet as a child were failures. Inspired by the movie Lassie, my parents bought a collie. Unfortunately, I treated our dog like a horse, regularly jumping on her back and riding her like a pony. It wasn’t long before my parents found Trickxie a new home. Another endeavor involved fish, but their life expectancy did not last long in my tank.
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he, Deuteronomy 32:4.
When I got married, I gave pets another chance, taking care of cats and horses on a farm. After moving to Delaware, my wife convinced me to purchase a cat and dog. Although each pet has its own pros and cons, I’m beginning to see the value of sharing a house with animals. Ultimately, the majority of pets what to be with you.
That they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth, Psalm 83:18.
Today, while doing yard work, my dog Autumn cried when I wasn’t in the backyard. Although she can’t talk, her howls is a subtle way of saying, “I want to be with you.” In the same way, Jesus is yearning for individuals to spend time with Him. However, the Lord doesn’t force, prod or push us to set aside this time. Nonetheless, one of the images of God that I learned today is for human beings to draw near to God through prayer, worship and Bible study.
by Jay Mankus