by | Feb 24, 2024 | Dependency, Obedience, Relationship

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.” (Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV)

This week we have acquired a puppy, a little white ball of fluff called “Daisy”.  This is a source of joy and affection for us all.  As the Maddy I am the one who feeds her first thing, clears up the mess and leads her in the way that she should go – out into the garden.  She, being three-quarters West Highland Terrier, only listens to my commands and entreaties because I am known as the provider and because she trusts in my favour.  This usually comes in the form of praise and food.   We have to be disciplined in our oversight and watch over her closely as she investigates everything that could be possibly a source of nutrition, interest or a good size to chew.  In the garden this means fallen apples, stones, grass, twigs, flowers, seed-heads etc..

When she has tired herself out from running us ragged, she seeks a cuddle, to touch base; reassurance to affirm our love and approval of her and not just for her temporary compliance to our challenges on her behaviour. She desires our affirmation for who she is as a new member of the family.  Westies are strong-minded, astute dogs and they instinctively know when they are truly loved and revel in the warmth of their safekeeping. Owners are often said to be like their dogs.  I guess that is why I like Westies because being a wilful soul I can relate.  Like them I enjoy the momentary intimacy of dependability with God before I am again, reassured, inquisitive, off into the world. 

All the time God is good – God is good all the time!  Me – not so much, like the Westie upon occasion I can develop selective motivation, hearing and compliance. I come to the throne only when I am not distracted, indifferent to His protection and His influence within my life, when I am not off chasing, doing, preoccupied, distracted with what is in front of me.

After years of journeying, God directed our path to, and supplied for the provision of, the purchase of this house.  He also gave me the above verse to remember which I take to heart.  It can be summarised as: Stay close in thought, word and deed.  Do not forget how I have saved you and pass on this Good News to your children and any who listen.

He guides me through life’s little up’s and down’s: Some not so little.  I ask myself in the business of Life: Am I still faithful to this command?

How about you?

Prayer: LORD, You are always constant; we rejoice that we can always look to You, our anchor.  Thank You for Your Love, Mercy and Provision in a turbulent world, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Rod Marshall
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