“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” (Psalm 86:5)
Ever see the movie Gremlins? Our little Lhasa acts similarly to the little gremlins in the movie of the same name. Never. Ever. Get. Her. Wet! After a bath or after going outside in a rain storm, she’ll run around the house like a crazy Banshee. Who knows why she finds that exhilarating – but she does. Our new home has a room division which makes a perfect circular NASCAR track for her to run around.
Well, a few months ago, after walking her outside during yet another wet, dreary evening in northern Ohio, she began to run around her favorite race track yet again. All of a sudden from the other side of the wall, we heard a tremendous yelp. Immediately she comes limping into the living room with her left hind foot elevated. We felt around and it didn’t seem like she broke or dislocated her hip and she wasn’t whimpering. We had to endure a long evening before we could see our veterinarian.
Doesn’t it break your heart when you see the innocent suffer? Our vet recommended three options and we decided on rest, medication and a follow-up visit in a month first rather than an operation. We felt restricting her to a cage for six weeks would be worse than an uncertain outcome. She’d be so miserable.
And so began the month-long routine of resorting to camouflaging anti-inflammatory medication within a treat to give her medication. Sometimes it worked, other times she ran and hid. (It was a long recovery but I’m happy to report my little walking buddy is better now.)
One afternoon, soon after she was off all her required medication, I was creating a recipe for a dinner party and had a smidgen of leftover cheese. I called for our little Lhasa to come into the kitchen. She assumed the worse and refused to answer my call. When I searched for her, I found her hiding under the bed. It reminded me of God calling for Adam and Eve for fellowship after they disobeyed by partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Adam and Eve were afraid to face God. I knew where she was, but she afraid to face me too.
So like human nature. Sometimes we miss out as well. It’s not fun to be out of our Master’s Will. Question: Are you?
This time of year is full of culinary temptations. Do you hide food from others and sneakily consume it on the side so no one knows? Did you consume too much food and drink at the party last night? Are you ashamed of your lack of control? Rather than confess our overindulgence (gluttony) as sin, we also hide from God for fear of being disciplined.
God only wants our best but when He calls to us, do we assume the worst? My Lhasa had begun to believe that when she heard my call that it was only for more nasty tasting medication. So instead, she missed out on a treat that day.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (Romans 8:35)
Having fellowship with God is such a treat, why would we ever want to miss out? Even tribulation has a reward if we find comfort and forgiveness in our Father’s Arms.