Dog On A Foot

August 27, 2018
by Martin Wiles

Luke 10:39 – Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what he taught. (NLT)

Of all the stores to which my grandfather delivered ice cream, the one where the dog sat on my foot was my favourite.

Aside from a few chain pharmacies and gas stations, mom-and-pop stores ran the retail world. Small stores owned by local people. Stores where a little of anything could be purchased — including ice cream. And my grandfather was more than happy to supply them with all the ice cream their customers could consume.

As a young boy, I enjoyed travelling from town to town and through the country helping my grandfather stock these small stores with ice cream novelties. But the one I looked forward to the most was the one where a small dog sat on customers' feet.

"Where are we going next?" I'd eagerly ask on the day of the week when we worked this store. Finally, my grandfather would say, "To the store where the dog sits on your foot." As my grandfather took the store owner's order, the dog walked over and sat on my foot. Why he did, I'm not sure. Perhaps, it was just one of those odd habits some animals pick up as a part of their personality.

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were Jesus' good friends. Martha was a busybody, wanting everything to be in order. She was a good hostess. Mary loved to listen to Jesus teach, so she sat at His feet. Martha fussed about it, but Jesus reminded her that Mary had chosen the better thing.

The small dog at the store could have reared up on my leg or sat with his tail wagging and got the same response from me as he did by sitting on my foot. He wanted attention from the store owner's customers. He obviously loved people and craved petting.

Jesus wants the same from me as He did from Mary. But most of the time, I'm a Martha. I get so wrapped up in daily affairs — good things, mind you — that I forget to sit at His feet, enjoy His company, and learn from Him. There's a better way, and Mary and the foot-sitting dog remind me of that. Time spent with the Saviour is never wasted. Other things can wait. Listening to Him is more important.

Find time daily to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Prayer: Father, help us to slow down so that we can spend time sitting at Your feet and learning from You. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for a good reminder Martin.


    Good message, Martin.
    Blessings to you in the dog days of summer!


    This is a challenge to me to not get so caught up in deadlines.
    Thanks for the reminder!


    Hi Martin,
    You are so right, listening to Him is important indeed.
    Thank you for writing.


    Good word Martin: Do we not know it. If only the rest of the world knew it too. Reading God’s word to start each day also helps us to keep out various kinds of trouble.
    (ON)


    Thanks Martin for sharing this devotional with us. Yes, let’s always find time to sit at Jesus’ feet.
    Indeed, that must have been some dog! Mine usually sits by my feet, but not on them. What a humorous image! Blessings.


    Dear Martin Wiles,
    Thank you for your touching story of the dog that sat on people’s feet.
    May we keep sitting at Jesus’ feet and being in communication with him in many ways for many needs.
    Keep writing.

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