He Calls Me By Name

Recently, Carl has been removing my pillows from the coach and curling up his little body for a midday nap. I could be upset about the demise of the pillow or I could be grateful that he hasn’t destroyed it.

On the other hand, the screen on the porch has been torn to shreds and Jay has had to place the heavy wire on both the inside and outside of the porch.

Every day I come home and conduct an inspection of the furniture and pillows to see if they have teeth marks engrained into them.

To be honest, we are concerned about our home and what Carl will use as a way to tell us that he doesn’t like it when we leave. But even as destructive as he has been, we just can’t help but love him.

Is he worthy of our love? No. Has he done anything to deserve this unconditional love? Absolutely not!

So if we can continue to love this little dog, why do we have such a problem believing God loves us? Do we feel we must be “good” enough to earn his love? Maybe.  Do we have a list of unforgiven deeds that plague us? Probably.

How do I know that God can love me with all my shortcomings? Two words that I discovered in the book of Mark tells me that God loves me in spite of my sinful self.

Do you remember how Peter had denied Christ three times before he was crucified? Can you imagine the feelings that Peter must have felt as he realized that he had turned his back on Jesus? I am sure Peter must have felt that there was no way that God could love him after betraying his beloved son.

Then to seal the deal, Peter is nowhere to be found when Jesus is dying on the cross. In his self-pity and fear, he retreats.

So what happens next is truly amazing.  The miracle of the resurrection happens. The tomb is empty and an angel greets the women with the news. Listen closely to what the angel says. “But, go tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

Did I see that correctly? The messenger from God stated Peter by name. The one disciple that just denied Jesus was specifically mentioned.  Even in his most unworthy state, God told the angel to ask for Peter by name.

Now if God would seek out Peter in his lowest state, why shouldn’t I believe he would do the same for me?  Call me by name.

As for Carl. He continues to sleep peacefully on the little green pillow.  Serving as a sweet reminder from God of his gracious unconditional love.  So the next time, I think I am not valued by God, I will remember how much I love this crazy little dog and know God loves me so much more.IMG_1457

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

2 thoughts on “He Calls Me By Name

  1. Thanks for the reminder that even though we are undeserving of His mercy and grace, He gives it to us anyway…in abundance! We are truly blessed!

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