This house just seemed a little quieter and a little sadder with Maggie gone. So I did what any sad mom would do. I hopped on the interwebs and took a peek around to see if maybe I would ever like to have another dog. Because the answer is no. Unequivocally, absolutely, positively no more dogs. Until I saw a puppy online on December 22, contacted the owner, and then drove three hours the next day to pick her up!
She’s sweet and funny and has so much personality! The best part of the entire process was surprising Peyton with her when she got home from work that night. This little pup has stolen our hearts. Ruger, our seven-year-old lab even likes her!
But let me tell you…having a puppy is work (which is why I didn’t want one in the first place). The amount of energy, time and effort that goes into working with an animal is exhausting! You think you make a bit of progress until, oops, here’s a puddle on the floor. “No chewing” turns into new slippers being purchased because you left them in front of the couch. Work, I tell you, work.
I wouldn’t change anything! We love her and we know she’s worth the energy and focus. She’s part of the family, and we’ll do whatever is necessary to make sure she is loved and cared for. No matter what she does, we’ll never turn her away because she belongs to us.
This reminds me, honestly, of how God loves us. When we accept the Lord as our Savior, we are His. He bought and paid for us with Jesus’ shed blood. No matter how much we mess up, He doesn’t walk away. He doesn’t get fed up with our antics and cast us aside. He patiently and lovingly teaches us and trains us. Even when we’re more spiritually mature or “grown”, when we make a mistake, He doesn’t assume we’ll never be any good to Him. On the contrary, He gave us the Holy Spirit to admonish, direct and guide us back to what is good and pleasing to the Lord.
“For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever abandon you,” –Hebrews 13:5b
And Romans 8:35, 38-39 clearly tells us that nothing will separate us from God. This means no matter how much work is needed or how many dumb mistakes I make, as a child of God I will never be separated from Him. He won’t give up on us!
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Just like that puppy, even though we are work, there’s no chance God turns His back on us and says “nevermind.”
I pray that we are challenged this week to see where we are rough around the edges. Let’s work on those commands and precepts that we read in the Bible given by God! He will never give up on us. Let’s put in the work!