I have been a dog owner for many years. Currently my wife and I have 2 soft coated wheaten terriers and like proud parents, we take a lot of pictures (and videos) of them. We also have children we are quite proud of as well, but alas, this post is not about them.
Here is Fergus as a puppy – shortly after he first came home . You can see all the fun energy he has. While he is currently several years older now, he still has that same energy and puppy play in him.
When Fergus was about 2 years old, someone (my wife) decided that he could really use a companion, so we got Feena. Well if he was lonely at all, he is not anymore – in fact nobody is. Feena is almost 2 years younger to the day than Fergus, and they are related – same mother, however different father. They have different hair coats Fergus is American coat, and Feena is Irish coat. Neither of them sheds, as there is no undercoat.
Once again in the snow – here is Fergus and Feena shortly after she came to live with us. It was a brutally cold week in February, and with a different type of hair coat than Fergus she needed a little sweater to help stay warm.
Fergus and Feena in the snow.
Maybe you don’t want to think about the snow. It is mid November here in the land of cheese and not a topic we want to focus on. Here is a fun video of the dogs playing in their pool. This video started out with a hole Feena dug in the yard. Fergus loves water, Feena not so much.
If you dig a hole, then you need a bath.
Maybe you’ve already seen enough, but if not you can see more pictures of our dogs and their other wheaten friends at blogspot.
All right, dogs are fun and friendly, but what does this have to do with grace? Well my dogs seem to love me no matter what. If I go on vacation for a couple of weeks, they welcome me back with no strings attached. If I treat others badly during the day, the dogs don’t care that I’m an insensitive jerk, but still love me. If I cannot feed them on time, they simply forgive me and just eat without complaining.
OK maybe you don’t have a dog and don’t agree or understand that a dog can love someone. Ask a dog owner however, and they know in their heart how true it is. Perhaps they cannot always put their finger on exactly how they can tell you it is not just affection, but really love. However, they absolutely, without question, know that their dog loves them. Not only that but their dogs make them happy and bring them great joy. It’s the same way that I know God loves me. Maybe I cannot always give you tangible proof that you’d agree with, but I know it is true.
I cannot fully understand God’s grace for me, but it’s certainly a lot like this. What’s truly amazing is that too often I behave quite badly (like Feena can!), use foul language (especially when driving), insult people, act rudely and perhaps even look dirty and smell bad at times (like Fergus AND Feena). Despite this I hope it is also very true that my God is always happy with me and that I bring Him joy too. He loves me (and you) no matter what. It does not matter where I go or what I’ve done, I cannot be separated from His love. While I don’t know how to forgive people for everything, He still forgives me for everything (including any confusing and poorly written blogs).
Time to go feed the dogs!