Close to Home

Vern only knows what is directly in front of him. He doesn’t know how other dogs live. He only knows about his yard, house, and what he spots when we walk around the block. Vern knows what he will be receiving when I say “treat” or “dinner”. But if he wanted a different yard to play in or a different kind of food, he would be out of luck.

So far, life has treated the little French bulldog well. But if he was to get hurt or lost, he would have a difficult time without our assistance. And as little as our puppy knows, he does have the sense to realize how much he needs us for direction and protection.

In Mark, chapter 6 a multitude of people come running after Jesus. They didn’t have food for the day or a way to protect themselves from the elements. But they came anyway. And what is Jesus’ reaction to these people that appeared to be lost? Mark 6:34 states, “And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.”

Have you ever thought of yourself as lost or unprotected from the hurled rocks that are being thrown at you from all directions? If so, you are just like these people that came to Jesus. And just like them, there is a shepherd that wants to guide you home.

Vern rarely tries to get out of the fence or squeeze through the screen door. He has become content in knowing that if he stays close to his human provider, he will be safe and loved.

If only we could imitate the animals that God gives us to help us home….

6 thoughts on “Close to Home

  1. Hi Cora, What a wonderful post. I hope you doing well in this exile period. Are you in Janet’s group this year? If so, I look forward to seeing you! Rachel

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    1. Rachel, I am so glad to hear from you. I heard that you had a rough spell but thank God you are better. I am not sure what I am doing this coming year. I will be making a decision in the next week or so. I do miss you and your incredible wisdom. Love you, Cora

  2. Thanks for your message, Cora. I keep telling myself that I do rely on God, and then something unexpected happens, and I find out that I’m immediately trying to work out my own plan of action without taking it to God in prayer. Though God is always on my mind, I forget to talk with Him and look with eager anticipation to see how He will work. When I’m emotionally upset, I know it’s because I’m not putting thing in His hands. I’m trying to remember how Jesus looks at me with compassion when I’m struggling. Thanks again for your message.

    1. Patty, it is crazy how we are so much alike. I expect God to work in a certain way and His ways are not like mine. Thank you for encouraging me to put effort into my relationship with God and wait in anticipation for His perfect will to take place. Love, Cora

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