For Their Animals

Proverbs 12:10
The godly care for their animals,

    but the wicked are always cruel.
Our cat trusts us. 

Lying peacefully on the rug at the entrance to our home, she doesn’t seem to worry about any danger. 

She has reason to trust us. 

We feed her. 

We give her water. 

We speak kindly to her. 

I think God cares about how we treat our pets. 

Don’t you?

Done in Love

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I read the sign in front of a veterinary clinic as I drove past.

“DEAF PETS HEAR WITH THEIR HEARTS.”

Those words went straight to mine….

I have a fifteen year old Basset Hound.

Her eyesight is failing and she can barely hear.

Sometimes, I pick up one long ear (they are several inches in length) and say, “I love you” directly into it.

I hope she hears it.

If she doesn’t, I hope that she feels it in her heart when I brush her, give her a bath, take her for a walk or put my arms around her and hold her sweet doggy face near mine.

As you can tell, I truly do love my dog.

But after only seconds had past from my reading of the sign, I thought about it in a different way.

Certainly, deaf pets hear with their hearts.

The ones that have good ears do, as well.

Not only that, I believe that PEOPLE hear with their hearts.

Babies do.

Children do.

Teenagers do.

Adults do.

We may not hear the words, “I love you,” but we feel it when love is shown to us in the actions of others.

The thoughtful remembrances.

An outstretched hand.

The sympathy card.

The home cooked meal.

The flat tire fixed.

The tender hug.

Just sitting near us when we’re sad.

Just cheering from the stands when we’re out on the field….

God wants us to love each other.

1 Corinthians 16:14 reads, “Let all that you do be done in love.”

I have an idea for another sign.

It should read,

“ALL PEOPLE HEAR WITH THEIR HEARTS.”

Wouldn’t you agree?

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I Have Called You

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The sky was getting gray and the wind was picking up.

Hoping for rain, I checked the weather report.

A storm was coming, and there were warnings about its severity.

Once it came, the lightning and thunder lasted for a few hours.

Finally, when I thought it was safe, I took my dog outside for a walk.

She is a 15 year old basset hound.

Long ears.

Big nose.

Stubborn….

Yet, very loving.

We were well into my front yard when lightning flashed.

I had been wrong.

The storm was not over and we were not safe.

Immediately, I began to talk to my dog and tug on her leash, telling her that we had to go in.

This was not what she wanted to hear.

I pulled on the leash and verbally commanded her to come with me into the house.

She was reluctant.

All 65 pounds of her…..

Trying to coerse and encourage as I tugged her leash, we both finally made it into the house and away from the lightning.

Almost immediately I began to think about how we act sometimes with God.

When we are in danger—physically or spiritually, God is aware.

He may tell us to do something in order to get out of that danger.

If we are stubborn and we don’t listen to what He says, we place ourselves at continued risk, even in the midst of God’s direction.

In Proverbs 1:24, Wisdom is speaking:

I have called you so often, but still you won’t come. I have pleaded, but all in vain.”

Are you listening for God’s wisdom to direct you?

Am I?

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