Doglike Love

by: Joe Talhelm

I have two dogs. Well, actually the two dogs are the family dogs. One is pretty the other is not. One is smart at times, the other is not. Both dogs love me and I just can't figure it out. Neither can my family. They are the ones who feed the dogs. They are the ones who give them their water. They are the ones who make sure they have a blanket in their doghouse. It is the family that gives them their bath. I, on the other hand, just dish out the orders for these chores to be done. It isn't that I dislike my two dogs, I just don't have time for them, and yet, they still love me. I don't know why. They just do. I don't pay them much attention, don't pet them like I should, don't even spend much time with them, and they love me anyway. I would love to have a dollar for every time my kids ask 'Why does Sandy & Bitsy like dad? He doesn't do anything for them." But, they just go wild when I arrive home or am outside where they can see me. Tails wagging and smiles on their faces. Strange, huh?

God is like that. No matter how much we ignore Him, He still loves us. No matter how many times we walk away from Him, He still is our friend. If we never talk to Him or even budge to acknowledge Him, there He is, right next to us still willing to be our friend. We may use His name badly, or act as if we don't even know He exists, yet, for some strange reason, He still loves and cares for us. Ever wonder why? I do. I wonder why He loves when we don't. I wonder why He cares when we could care less. I wonder why He just keeps stretching out His hand for us when it was people like us who put a nail through that hand.

"...there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."

This little verse is found in Proverbs 18:24 and it speaks of God and His relationship to us. He sticks closer than a brother. Doglike love. He has it for you. He has it for me. And we just wonder. Why?