My thoughts about God’s unconditional love.
So, I recently made a life altering decision. I got a puppy!
I have never really considered myself an animal person. I had a dog for about fourteen years and hardly paid her any mind. Until she was gone.
No, she’s not gone gone. But, she no longer lives with me. My wonderful sister got married and in keeping good to her promise, she took our beloved dog with her.
While I always admitted that I wouldn’t be too sad to see Niña go (yes, our dog’s name is girl in Spanish), the day I came home and she was gone I had mixed feelings. I was used to hearing her cry every time she needed to be let out or wanted a drink of water. Not hearing her trot around the house looking for a place to nap left me feeling rather empty.
So I did what any rational human being in my situation would do, I got a new puppy a week after my over a decade old dog was gone from my home. Great idea, right!
Everyone, meet Harley!
After having this adorable guy in my life for a few months, I have learned a ton!
I’m no expert dog mama, despite my fourteen years of previous passive experience, but I’m learning everyday to take care of my little black fur ball. Harley’s teaching me so much about the way that God takes care of us!
I would like to share what I’ve learned so far:
1) No matter what we do, God will still loves us and takes care of us.
For those of you considering getting a puppy or a new pet, please, I beg you, reconsider what you are getting yourself into.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my little Harley and I’m so happy to have his companionship. However, he is a handful.
Halfway into the second week of having my little guy home I broke down in tears in the middle of taking him out for a potty break! I was so frustrated that Harley kept “going” inside.
No matter what I tried, nothing seemed to work. Yet, regardless of how many times Harley soiled a rug or chewed through another cable, I still kept getting up to take care of him.
I recognize that Harley is my new responsibility. I have to get up early every morning to let him out and feed him. No matter how many times I have to scold or punish Harley, I still love him!
God’s love for us is the same way. He knows that we are growing and maturing every day. Just like I know that with discipline and constant attention Harley will eventually grow out of his puppy behaviors, so God knows that through being processed by Him we will mature.
No matter how many times Harley chews through something of mine or steals shoes from someone’s room, I still love my little guy. I may punish him for a time, but he will always be fed, groomed and cared for.
God’s love is constant. Something the human mind fails to comprehend. We love as we feel. God loves because He chooses to.
2) God cares about the details of our lives.
So, when you have a puppy, there are so many things you have to worry about. Making sure he’s eating right, getting enough exercise, being groomed properly and not getting into trouble.
I also have to make sure that Harley is receiving enough attention or he cries (ridiculous, I know).
There are so many little details that I look over when it comes to my little fur ball and God is no different. The love of God is so incredible in that in all His majesty and grandeur, He still chooses to focus on the insignificant part of our lives. Or those we think are insignificant.
I’ve had the Holy Spirit speak into different aspects of my life that I never imagined He cared about. Whether it’s my finances or the daily decisions I make, God is always there.
No part of our lives are insignificant to God. God’s love is immeasurable. He cares for us.
When I was younger I was afraid to pray to God about certain desires in my heart. I thought He would reject my prayers by default because they weren’t the most pressing matter on the face of the earth.
I mean God clearly has bigger things to worry about than whether I get a promotion or the application I put in goes through, right? Wrong! God cares about everything we do!
Even though I’m busy and oftentimes tired, I still make time to take Harley out for walks or play with him in the yard. All because I love him and care about him.
And if this girl who swore off pets for the rest of her life can sum up love for a little puppy, how much more the creator of the universe. God loves us and cares about the details of our lives.
3) God wants what is best for us, even if it’s not what we want for ourselves.
Something that Harley does that drives me absolutely crazy is that he keeps trying to chew and eat everything! Shoes, cables, water bottles and the corners of walls. Nothing’s off limits.
While Harley thinks it’s fun to chew on and swallow pieces of these things, I know that it could seriously harm him. Eating non-digestible items could require surgery to remove any blockage in his bowels.
Because I know that Harley, being a puppy, doesn’t understand this, I have to be extra watchful. I try to never leave him unsupervised. If I catch him chewing on something he’s not supposed to, I promptly remove it from his reach.
Obviously, Harley doesn’t like when I do this. In his mind, he’s just having a good old time enjoying his new toy. But I know the real danger.
God is just like that. He tries to keep things from us for our own good while we whine and complain about delayed gratification. We blame God for our discontentment thinking him to be selfish and cruel. In fact, God is actually being merciful.
Imagine if God was disengaged and distant, just allowing things to happen to us. What if He never cared about our circumstances? What if we got ourselves into a mess thinking it would be our blessing, and yet God never warned us? Or better yet, prevented it?
But hallelujah, God is not like that.
He is a lot like this crazy dog mamma talking to you right now. Cautious and attentive. He warns us for own good and every so often gives us a light tap in the rear end so we get the message straight.
Thing is, taking care of a little animal has taught me so much about the way God cares for us. Harley is dependent on me and my family for literally everything. To keep him clean, fed, healthy and comfortable.
Can I invite you today to be this dependent on God? Depend on Him for your needs and wants. God loves you and he will take care of you!
No matter what situation you are going through, God is attentive.
MEET THE AUTHOR
My name is Paola Nicole. I am twenty-four years old and I pastor an incredible church with my family in Central Florida. I am passionate about youth ministry and mentoring young women and girls. I love leading worship, teaching and preaching God’s Word. My desire is to see a generation of young women armed with truth and ready to take on the challenge of accepting God’s call into ministry.
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