Although it is Valentine’s Day and I love my BFH (Best Friend & Husband), this post will be about our dog Jubi since we’re not sure how much longer he will live.
He could surprise us and God could answer prayer (like before) for a prolonged life. Either way, we are grateful for Jubi’s friendship for the past 12 years. [more]
Jubi is not like the dogs I often read about that are always happy to see their owners, and run and greet them whenever they return.
The truth is for the most part: Jubi’s life revolved around his needs. I need to be fed NOW. I want to go outside. I want a walk NOW- accompanied by loud barking and the stare.
You get the picture. But we loved him anyway, because he was our dog.
Occasionally, he would surprise us and give us spontaneous affection, but that was the exception and not the norm.
I used to joke around with my BFH that God gave us Jubi as a living metaphor about how we can treat God. We forget to seek God for Himself.
Instead we often seek God when we need Him to do something for us. We forget how wonderful and deserving God is of our attention and love.
And yet God still loves us unconditionally! It has nothing to do with our performance; He longs to spend time with us.
He made it possible through Jesus’ death for us to be with Him now and forever.
The longer I walk with God, the more humbled I am by His great love and patience with me.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY dear God! I love you because You first loved me! (I John 4:19)
v.8 “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
v.9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
v. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [turning away God’s wrath] for our sins.
v. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 8-11 NASB
2/24/12 Update: God had mercy on us and gave us more time with Jubi. He is happy and alive but dealing with old-age problems, such as occasional incontinence, and weak back legs. But we are grateful to still have his presence with us.
Copyright Soul Stops/ Dolly L. 2011