My Dog Blog
I have a dog. Her name is Grace. She is the cutest dog I (and you) have ever seen. That’s a fact – Google it. It’s there, I promise. I remember when she was just a puppy. She was a Christmas gift for the family when I was in fifth grade, and she was so small that she could practically sit in my hand.
My first memory of Grace was her peeing on the carpet. Her feet hit the ground and boom: she peed. It felt like I was in an early 2000s Disney family comedy. Picture my dad slow-mo running and the family, in sync, yelling “nnnnnoooooooOOOOOOOO!!!!” We could’ve won an Oscar for that moment, in light of the perfect combination of screaming, frustration, and humor.
While I can’t recall too many other details of that day, one thing has stuck with me: no matter how much trouble Grace has gotten into in the six years she has been a part of our family, she never stopped loving us. There have been times when we’ve yelled at her, ignored her, and put her in her crate for peeing on the carpet or barking at the mailman, and yet she always comes back. She always sits at my feet and cuddles up next to me when I’m cold. She’ll never yell at me (maybe because she’s a dog, but that’s beside the point) and she’ll always forgive me for being quick to anger.
I think God is the same way. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that dog spelled backwards is God.
No matter how often I walk away from God, make a decision that doesn’t praise Him, or get mad when His plan doesn’t align with mine, He never gives up on me. He is always peeking around the corner, sitting close enough to me that He doesn’t lose sight of my relationship with Him, excited to see me when I come home to Him in the sacraments.
Grace is a pretty smart dog. When I’m mad at her she knows it, but it doesn’t stop her from loving me. God is the SAME. WAY. God doesn’t only pursue us, but He asks us to pursue Him, too.
God is pretty smart, if you ask me. He’s so smart that He knew that sometimes we might forget how much He loves us. I like to think that’s one of the reasons why God made dogs. They’re meant to remind us, all the time, of His loyalty to us and His undying love.
So, the next time you see a cute pup, maybe thank God for His dedication to you (and definitely for giving us these hecking adorable furry friends).