My wife has a dog. It is a snaggle toothed dog, with wiry hair, bad breath and a bit of a belly.
Peewee is a rescue dog. She was my wife’s second choice when we went to the pound to get a pup. (Her first choice had been spoken for prior to her seeing it.) Peewee was a timid pup, hiding in the back of the cage, a bit fearful and very quiet, but she caught my wife’s eye, and we brought her home. That was about three years ago.
Fast forward to today. I was taking care of some work in the master bathroom when I saw Peewee coming into the bedroom. Our dogs (we have three) are not allowed to be upstairs.
“What in tarnation are you doing upstairs, Peewee?”
A few seconds later, Paula entered the room and I understood. You see, my wife has a shadow, and that shadow is called Peewee.
Peewee is so bound up with my wife, so connected with her, so attached to her, that I can tell where Paula is by where Peewee is. Where Paula is, Peewee is sure to be near.
When Paula is in the house, Peewee is nearby. When Paula is outside, Peewee is outside.
If my wife is at work, Peewee is waiting on the back of the couch until she comes home. Peewee waits all day until Paula enters the house. I have been at home while Paula is at work, and watched Peewee patiently wait for Paula to return.
It seems the pup has no problem with the length of time Paula takes to return home. When she traveled recently, Peewee waited. Patiently. When she returned after a week of travelling, Peewee was happy to see her. When she left to go get some milk and bread recently, and returned within the hour, Peewee was happy to see her.
The length of time Paula is gone doesn’t seem to effect Peewee’s attachment to Paula. Peewee is simply happy to see her.
Early in Peewee’s time with us, Paula doted on that pup. The connection was initiated by Paula, and is strengthened every time Paula comes in that front door.
This is similar of the Father and the Son and the Spirit. They initiated the relationship with us. With me. They are constantly reaching out to us and encouraging us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
When Paula comes in that door, Peewee sees an opportunity to be beside Paula, with Paula, next to Paula and near Paula until she leaves again. Peewee uses every minute to connect and be with Paula.
May I suggest – spend time with Him. Turn the TV off, the internet off, the radio off, the stereo off, all the distractions. Break open a Bible and spend some time with the One who is.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”