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Listen while you read: "A Child Of The King"1 (Lyrics)
We have just recently acquired a puppy, a little white ball of fluff that we call Daisy. She is a source of joy and affection for all of us. 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 — a Westie — listens to my commands and entreaties only because I am 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 we watch over her closely as she investigates everything that could possibly be a source of nutrition, interest, or of a good size to chew. In the garden, this means fallen apples, grass, twigs, flowers, seed-heads, and stones.
When she has tired herself out from running us ragged, she seeks a cuddle — reassurance to confirm our continued 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; they revel in the warmth of their safekeeping.
Since owners are often said to be like their dogs, I guess that is why I like Westies, because I can relate, being a willful soul in my relationship with God. Like them, I enjoy momentary intimacy with our dependable God, before I am off, reassured and inquisitive, into the world again. Like the Westie, upon occasion, I can develop selective motivation, hearing, and compliance. I come to His throne only when I am not distracted or indifferent to His protection and influence in my life, when I am not off chasing, doing, preoccupied, or distracted with what is in front of me.
After years of journeying, God gave me the following verse to remember and take to heart:
Deuteronomy 4:9 – 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. (ESV)
For me, God is saying, "Stay close to Me 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 will listen." He guides me through life's ups and downs — some big and some little. I ask myself in the business of life, Am I still faithful to this command?
This is a challenge for each of us. How close are we staying to God in thought, word, and deed? Are we coming to Him on a regular basis, both for praise and petition?
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, we pray. Amen.