Monday, December 27, 2010

What a Dog Knows

Our "delicate little flower," Tinkerbell, has a favorite toy -- her Kong ball. She loves Kong more than anything. She can't wait to play with it; she can't wait just to have it between her paws -- to know it’s right there, beside her. And if she can manage to engage someone in a game of fetch, all the better.

Yesterday she did just that, and she had Scott doing the fetching! You see, he’d thrown the beloved Kong under the fence and out of her reach. She waited nearby, all the while, her eyes shifting anxiously from the spot where Kong had last been seen to her “daddy,” the one she knew would help her in her darkest hour. She was sure he would come to her rescue; she would have been disappointed and confused had he not. Her initial petition for help was less like a pleading, but more like a “this is too far for me – you will have to do it.” She did not wait hopefully or uncertainly, she waited confidently, eagerly for him to do that which he always does – provide, give, restore…

To paraphrase: if a dog knows – beyond the shadow of a doubt – what her “daddy” is willing to do for her, why are we insecure and skeptical when we approach the Throne of Grace.

 Hebrews 4:16 (New International Version, ©2010)
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
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