Her name is Alice and our home is her 3rd home in her 1.5 years of life. For a dog, that’s almost 14 years of life; 14 years of feeling abandoned, lost, and unloved.
Nathan and I have always talked about having a dog to call our own. It’s tough when you live in an apartment because they make it almost impossible! The NON-REFUNDABLE pet deposit fee is crazy. Then the monthly “dog rent” is crazy, too! While we saved and saved for our own home, we also thought about the dog we would have one day.
Well, we moved into our first-ever home the weekend of March 24, then got Alice the following Sunday. We know both are real blessings and we’re so thankful the Lord would let us have them. And in the presence of both, we’re still in awe. We still can’t believe our home is ours and we can’t believe Alice wouldn’t want to be loved (especially from what we heard about her first owner…2 words: not good).
It’s only been a few days, but so far the only major damage she’s done is to the crate we got her – she couldn’t stand being in it so she chewed a hole in the door to get out. By the way she acts, we think Alice may actually have separation anxiety, afraid that we’re going to leave her and never come back, never love her or spend time with her.
Isn’t that how we are with God at times? When we do something dumb, sin and stumble, we think that He would never, could never forgive us.
For some, it goes even further than that:
They fear of having a relationship with Christ at all because they’re truly convinced that they could never be loved unconditionally like that. Fear cripples and debilitates us. It makes us want to escape, run away, and hide. It makes us put up walls, wanting to be loved yet scared to let that in.
Alice just wants to be loved. She constantly shows that with all the kisses she gives and the joy she shows when we come home. Yet she hasn’t gotten to a place yet in knowing that our going to work doesn’t mean we’ll be abandoning her.
Just because God doesn’t answer your prayer right then and there doesn’t mean He’s not hearing you, and therefore doesn’t love you. Just because you sin or “have a past” doesn’t discount the chance to be a part of the family of the Lord. Remember this when you start to feel like Alice:
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39
What ways have you seen God’s grace and unfailing love in your life? I would love to hear your thoughts in the “Comments” section at the bottom of the page! 🙂
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