An online experience alone fails to give one the whole picture about a person, or a dog.
Before we adopted our rescue puppy, Bailey, a Golden Retriever mix (pictured, in my arms, sleeping), we saw him online.
If we only experienced Bailey online, it would have been insufficient.
Our family's online contact with Bailey can't compare to holding him for the past two days. In person, his fur is softer than what we imagined. From his online photo, we didn't know whether his personality would mesh with ours in daily life. Thankfully, so far, he has been a love muffy (my word for "affectionate").
We are fairly mellow, and he has been also except for bursts of puppy energy. He has also had some, hmm, not to be indelicate, GI issues, so there has been more cleaning.
The extra work he created didn't matter because we, as a family, fell in love with Bailey. It made me grateful his adoption worked, and the two earlier ones failed.* This has surprised me as I loved Jubi, our first dog.
When Bailey greets me with a tail wag, or cuddles close, I experience delight. Our interactions cannot be replicated online. (I confess, I wish house training could magically happen online instead of several months of consistent work.)
Since it is Advent, it caused me to be even more grateful that Jesus came as a human. Emmanuel: God with us.
Jesus walked, talked, and broke bread with other humans - all broken and in need of a Savior. He personally experienced hunger, physical exhaustion, rejection, misunderstandings, and betrayal.
He was 100 % Divine God, and 100% human. Jesus fully experienced our humanity from birth to death. A mind-bending mystery.
So when I talk to Jesus about feeling stretched, and wishing I had more energy to be more present for a loved one, or to help more with the myraid of needs around me, I know He knows.
He understands what it feels like to have a loved one misunderstand you, and to be falsely judged.
Jesus can relate to us because of what He experienced as a human.
During his brief public ministry, his earthly family didn't comprehend the scope of who He was, or what He was trying to accomplish. Yet, He always listened first and foremost to His heavenly Father's instructions.
He delivers me from the false guilt of not doing enough, and reminds me I need only listen to God's instructions on what to do - today.
In his humanity, Jesus struggled to obey the Father in the Garden of Gethsemene before He died on the cross. Yet He still obeyed. Because of His experience, He shows me how to obey God even when it is hard.
On the cross, He bled real blood, and his human body experienced the trauma of being beaten, whipped, and nailed to a cross. His Spirit felt the pain of feeling abandoned by God as He carried the world's sins on himself.
Because Jesus fully experienced life as a sinless human, I thank Him for making it possible for me to experience God's forgiveness and love, now and forever.
His sacrificial experiences as a human show us the depth of God's love for you and me. Words fail when His Spirit grants me a peek into the depth of Christ's suffering.
How have you experienced Jesus' love recently?
Does it change your view of Him when you comprehend the fullness of His experiences as a human?
Have you ever thanked Jesus for all that He experienced for you?
*If you want to know how God closed the doors on two earlier rescue adoption attempts, read here. We kept praying and seeking God's guidance for about 5 months.
Giving thanks with Ann:
- Experiencing Jesus' love
- Experiencing community with friends in real life, and online
- Experiencing Bailey's adoption as a family
- Three leaks in our roof patched up.
- For God's patient love and correction
- The whole experience with Bailey gave our girl a new faith perspective in trusting God when He says no.
- Lunch today with my sweet friend Jennifer of You are My Girls, and a quick mini-tutorial on FB...she blessed Bailey with two squeaky toys that he loves.
- Bailey had an equal number of successes and bombs in the house training arena.
- Your thoughts really matter to me, and sometimes they move me to pray. Thank you for sharing.
P.S. I am now on Facebook with a personal page, and a blog page, which all look bare because I am still learning how to like posts, add photos, connect to people, etc. Thank you for your patience as I experience another stepping out of my comfort zone. Thanks to all my sweet bloggy friends, who have reached out to me on FB. Appreciate you...So much!
UPDATE on Bailey: As of 1/15/13, he is now house trained. After his first two days wth us, he "woke" up and has kept us busy with his chewing and other antics. Hubby and I still miss Jubi, but we know Bailey has been good for our girl, and overall, for our family. Grateful.
Linking today with sweet and gifted friend Laura,
and giving thanks with wise Ann
and the amazing Jen
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