As most of you know, last August we added a new member to our family – an eight week old papillon puppy. It didn’t take 24 hours for her to tell us her name. She was Maggie, Callie, and even Gidget for a while, but when I caught her under the end table with her nose stuck in a sack, I said, “Get out of there you, Nosey Rosie,” and she immediately gave me her full attention, Yes, she is “Miss Rosie.” Now, it’s been over 20 years since we’ve had a puppy in the house, and of course, we’ve never experienced a “Rosie!” She can be the sweetest thing one minute, and be “terrorizing the neighborhood” the next. When she wants something, she is PERSISTANT. She loves to play with toys – my “throwing arm” is improving. When she is being “good,” she is my shadow. She likes to “help” with the laundry, and comes running whenever the ice maker is being used. But, just like it is with children – when everything is quiet – Look out – she’s up to something! When she gets caught with something she’s not supposed to have – we play the “Drop It” game, and get in trouble. But oh, if we potty on the pad – we get treats! She loves to go “bye-bye”, but gets soooo excited when we get back home. Most of all, she gives the best “lovins’. We can’t imagine life without her.
I wonder if our heavenly Father feels the same about us – His children. Do we “flip-flop” from good to bad? Are we only persistent in prayer when we want something or do we “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17), which means that we are always in the frame of mind that we could stop whatever we’re doing and pray to our heavenly Father. When we striving to be “good,” are we His “shadow”, walking in His steps? (I Peter 2:21). Is he proud of us when we serve others? Does He get frustrated with us when we sin the same sin over and over? Do the angels in heaven rejoice when we repent and “come home?” (Luke 15:10).
Rosie is now seven months old, and while she is still a “stinker” at times, the wonderful moments definitely outweigh the mischievous times. She is our “fur baby” and we love her. We must remember that we are “His” children, and we are loved. If we trust and obey, the rewards will be “out of this world!” Simply Blessed, Courtney