Vern barged through the doggy door with his muddy paws creating prints all over my clean wood floor. He jumped up and down in front of Bee and then made his way to the blanket in front of the fire. As annoying as it is to clean the mud from the floor, his behavior is predictable. Once my husband leaves the house, Vern jumps up on a chair and peers outside. Another typical behavior. And did I mention how he jumps on our bed and positions his body right smack in the middle, every night, without exception?
But as predictable as Vern’s behavior is, I only know him by what I observe. This is not so with our loving God. Psalm 139:1-3 states, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down. You are familiar with all my ways.”
Our God knows everything about us and even with this knowledge, he still loves us. He knows our thoughts and the choices we are going to make. He discerns our attitudes and knows our hearts. And even with all this insight, he still loves us.
As I watch the muddy paw prints trail behind Vern, I still love him. Yes, it annoys me, but I can’t help but love our little Frenchie. But my love can’t be compared to how much God loves each of us in our worst moments. And if you need proof, think about how he allowed his only son, the one who he treasured above all, to come down from heaven and die the death that each of us deserved. Now that’s love.