I am still playing catch up on posts and emails, thus I have an extra guest post for you today. I am pleased to present to you another beautiful doggy devotional from our guest writer Beth Alisan. I am an avid reader of the Lessons From A Lab devotionals by Beth, for their spiritual value and also to read what Adi (Beth’s beautiful labrador companion) is doing. I am thankful for both Beth and Adi enriching my Devotional time with our Father God. Todays post is yet another worthy read, I pray it blesses you dear reader.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
As a member of a homeschooling, soccer family, our Labrador lives a very public life. Adi adores people and dogs, wanting to greet everyone she encounters. Thus, I had to be diligent in developing her social skills. You know the important ones like be seated when you greet others and don’t lunge when walking past people or dogs.
During our daughters’ soccer practice, I took Adi on a long walk through the park. We weren’t on the trail too long before we came up behind an elderly woman. We walked around her incident free only for Adi to put on the brakes. Reluctantly, she would obey the command to heel, taking a few steps forward then braking again. After several failed attempts to continue our walk, I turned back and looked at the woman beseechingly and asked, “Would you mind greeting my dog? She won’t go forward until she says hello.” The woman readily agreed and received an enthusiastic Labby greeting filled with lots of licks and tail wagging. A beautiful smile spread across her face. I thanked her and off we went, walking past and around countless other people of whom Adi ignored. By the time we finished our walk, I was utterly perplexed by Adi’s behavior. Then it struck me – Adi knew what I didn’t. That woman needed her love at that moment. The experience left me humbled and somber. How often have I walked past someone so intent on my destination that I failed to recognize the love I needed to shine upon that person – a smile, a word of appreciation or encouragement.
Lord, open my eyes to see that person before me. Unlock the words you need me to speak. Amen
“Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.” Frances R. Havergal*
“So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.” Romans 12:1 (Good News Translation).
* Havergal, Frances (1874). “Take My Life and Let it Be” [Lyrics]. https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Take_My_Life_and_Let_It_Be/