It’s like Carl knows when I am going to leave the house before I even make any steps towards the door. For one thing, he is always looking in my direction to see if I am going to reach for my keys or other personal belongings. All I have to do is look towards him and his ears perk up and his eyes glare right at me.
Because he is so intuitive, I have had to try to sneak out before he comes pouncing out the door with me. Over the last couple of years, I have tried many techniques to get out, but Carl just outwits me.
Carl’s pursuit of staying with me reminds me of a verse I recently read in Psalm 139. Verse 7-8 states, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
I have had times in my life when I haven’t felt God’s presence. I felt truly alone and wondered why He had abandoned me. But if His word is true, then my feelings were lying to me and He was and is with me, no matter where I go.
Then how can I feel his presence in those times of deep despair when I feel so alone? By reading this passage and many more like it. When I go through troublesome times, if I am in His word and meditating on it, my soul can be reassured of His existence.
I often wonder what Carl is doing when I am away. By his high pitched howl when I leave him behind the screen door, I think he is truly suffering from my absence. No matter what he is doing, I know he is elated when I return. In the same manner, I know I will be ecstatic when Jesus returns to take me home. How about you?