My Paralyzed Dog’s Closeness to Me
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18
My paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon loves to be close to me. Not just a little but a whole lot. So much so, in fact, the enormous bed he shares with the other three special needs ministry dogs has to be shoved up right against my bed.
But even that’s not always enough. If he looks up at me, and he’s oftentimes staring at me when he’s not snoozing, he makes it clear with his big beautiful brown eyes and his strong vocal chords that are almost talking, not to mention the restless movement of his front paws, that he wants to be even closer to me than he already is. He can’t move more than a few inches on his own, so sometimes I get down on the floor with him and move him closer to me on his bed.
One time, I was in a hotel and came back to my hotel room only to find out he had dragged himself off the big shared dog bed and started dragging himself to the hotel room door as though he had wanted to chase after me. Of course, being paralyzed, he didn’t get very far. But still, he tried.
His eyes. His voice. His physical location. Everything, it seems, is focused on being close to me. As close as he can be.
What if you and I would be that way with the Lord, friend? What if He truly were our highest priority? What if above all else, our eyes, our hearts, our talking, and our physical position, what if everything about our hearts and lives more than anything else were focused on wanting to be near to Jesus? To be closer and closer to Him?
Should it not be this way? Should Jesus not be our greatest desire? Our highest aim? Our most prominent need? Our deepest hunger? Our most obvious thirst? Should Jesus not be our number one? Our above all else?
Oh, but we spend so much of our lives drawing close and closer to that which and whom our flesh craves! To satisfy our fleshly desires! But what if we made a conscious effort to make the Lord our number one priority in life? What if more than anything and anyone we desire to draw close and closer to, we make Him the one?
Oh, may we draw closer to Jesus. And may He draw closer to us. And may intimacy with Christ be not just important to us. But may Jesus be most important of all! Jesus, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, sovereign God, Father who will reign forevermore!