Lessons learned from a dog…

I got up this morning at 0030. It was nippy outside, so I went to check on my buddy Chunk. Why can’t I be like my dog? He is overjoyed every time he sees me. He leaps into the air, as if he must press his cold nose onto mine. Whipping about the yard, he races full steam ahead and turns at the last possible moment avoiding the impending crash into my flower beds.

“Look dad, no brakes!”

I don’t know if it is true or not, but I read a dog experiences the feeling of falling in love every time they see their owner. It seems this might be true, after all, a dog is as close to a faithful companion as you will find on Earth. My best guess is that God made a dog so we would have an example of what we should be looking for in a relationship. In my mind, I see it playing out like this:

“Whatcha doing Jesus?”

Peering over his glasses, the Lord wipes his hands on his coveralls and smiles at his friend. His friend looks around the workshop, tools lay scattered on wooden benches, Mopar signs hang on the wall, and pictures of all the Lord has created fill in the remaining spaces.

“I’m making a dog.”

“A dog? What’s that?”

“They are the epitome of true love. I’m going to place them on Earth so Adam and Eve can have an example of how to treat one another.”

Quizzically, His friend leans over the lifeless dog.

“This critter is going to show humanity how to be in personal relationships? I don’t see how.”

“Gimme a sec.”

With a flourish, the Lord bends at the waist and breathes life into His creation. Immediately, the dog springs to life and races around the workshop. Tail wagging, the animal leaps into the air and the Lord throws back His head and laughs.

“Look at that Gabriel!”

Smiling, Gabriel looks at the small animal. “He is cute, but how does he epitomize true love?”

Sitting on a Craftsman stool, the Lord smiles. “Well, he is a faithful companion. Roscoe here, falls in love every day. Unlike humans, Roscoe has no choice in the matter. Humanity must make the choice to fall in love daily, my little friend here has this emotion hardwired into his being. As soon as he sees his owner, he falls in love. If mankind is going to last, they must find a way to see past their differences and realize they are stronger together than they are apart.”

“Couldn’t you have made love easy to attain? Or perhaps, you could have written an instruction manual.”

“Gabriel, the only easy day was yesterday. It should not be easy to attain true love. If it is easy, they will not appreciate it.”

“So, you created a dog to teach humanity a lesson in love.”

“When humanity has a bad day, they can come home and have a friend who loves them regardless of their flaws. A pal who thinks the world revolves around them and who can lift them up out of the blues. This little critter will show forth my love for humanity. It will serve as a reminder that when they are seeking love, they should give it their all. They should be faithful, love without measure and see the joy in life.”

Smiling broadly, Gabriel nods his head.

“I see it now.”

6 November 2019

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