Puppy Love and God’s Love

The LORD … will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

Larry dubbed our new puppy “Wonder-pup.” He slept through his first night in his crate without a whimper. He pooped and peed outside—not in the house. He chewed his toys, not the furniture or us.  Our son said I would have saved money by getting a stuffed animal. Yes, for 24 hours Max was a wonder-pup.

Now that he feels at home…

I remember what it was like to have small children—sleepless nights, toys on the floor, repetitive tasks, and nothing measurable accomplished. Puppies and babies are work, but they also bring great joy. I am reminded of Proverbs 14:4 “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox” (NASB).

God’s ways are not our ways. If I were in charge of creating, in the name of efficiency and economy, I would produce little adults—not consuming bundles of curiosity in constant need of protection, training, and care. Yet God, in His divine wisdom, knew better.

Max is reminding me that love is not based on performance. He depends on us to feed him, clean up his messes, and train him. Our frequent visits to the backyard with praises for doing it right are bonding owner and pup. When he “does his job” he looks up to make sure I saw and to hear “Good job!” In return I hope Max will grow up to love, respect, and obey me.

God calls us His children. He created us to need His constant care. God created us to need His constant care. Share on XHe cleans us, nourishes us, and protects us. His love is not based on our performance, but He wants us to grow up and be like His Son. In return for His unconditional love and provision He desires our love, respect, and obedience.

It is amazing how much joy and love a furry ball of energy can elicit. Larry was right. Max is a wonder-pup—a wonderful reminder of my heavenly Father’s unconditional love for me.

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Debbie W. Wilson


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  1. Earle Finley

    He prayeth best who loveth best all things both great and small, for the dear Lord who made us, made and loveth all.
    Samuel T Coleridge

    Larry and Debbie,

    We,too. love Max,

    Earle & Sara

  2. Marilyn Couch

    Debbie, congratulations on your new puppy! I’ll be praying for
    Corrie as she adjust to another addition to your family. Hope all
    of you have a wonderful Christmas! MC

  3. Diane Allen

    Love this post! What a great reminder for parents and for us as children of God. Relationship is based on bonding experience.

  4. M.D. Bronson

    Yes! What a great reminder to seek our Father’s face continually. Eyes up here, He says. Over and over again. Have fun with your new puppy! #LiveFree

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks for visiting, M.D.

  5. Crystal Hornback

    Thank you for this powerful reminder! #livefreeThursday

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Crystal!

  6. Karen

    I think we can learn a lot about God from our pets to. Like unconditional love. Faithfulness. and Companionship. I believe God put his attributes in the created world (Rom 1) so that we can see and be drawn to Him. We just have to be willing to see them and then look to Him.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes, Karen. I agree. They open our eyes to better see our Creator.

  7. Suzie Eller

    Thanks for linking up today!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Suzie, thank you for hosting us each week!

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