|My precious Mr. Simeon.|
God is teaching me to love like He loves……
It didn’t take more than moments for me to realize that this lesson wasn’t for Mr. Simeon at all. It was yet another lesson for me, and for those who witness my journey with the Lord through Walk by Faith Ministry and my inspirational writing.
It amazes me how easily, and often, I can become frustrated, flustered, impatient, and even rough in my tone and manner with the precious, extraordinarily special dogs in mine and the ministry’s care. How quickly I am convicted, how readily I repent, how immediately I strive to confess and receive forgiveness – and to carry on in giving God free reign to convict and transform me, to make me more like Him as I continue to grow in His image.
How humbling it is to tell my paralyzed dog that he has gotten himself stuck in the same place when I have done the very same thing a million times over. Okay, so I might not be in a wheelchair. I might not be a dog. I might not be paralyzed from being hit by a car. My name might not be Mr. Simeon, or Miss Molly, or Miss Mercy, or any of the other 19 most special needs and senior dogs in my care. But I have gotten stuck in the same places more times than all of them put together.
And what has God given me in response? How has He responded to my being stuck? Has He become frustrated, flustered, impatient, and even rough in His tone and manner? Of course not. Has He convicted me by His Holy Spirit? Yes! Has He used His word to change my mind, and to change my life? Absolutely? Has He been happy with me when I have gone back to old places and gotten stuck there? Of course not! He wants what’s best for me. But how Has He responded when I have come to Him in confession and repentance?
With love. With forgiveness. With mercy. With grace. With Fatherly tenderness, kindness, long-suffering, patience, gentleness. With a compassion indescribable. And with an invitation. An invitation to come back out of my stuck places, an invitation to take His hand and let Him lead me out, an invitation to learn how not to go back to old places, an invitation to go forth where He calls me, an invitation to follow my dear Jesus, an invitation to grow more like Him.
As the Lord continues to pour out His mercy on me, I find myself so filled with it that the impatience, the frustration, the lack of love I am capable of exhibiting, they are all fading away. I don’t want them anymore. They are part of old places. Of old ways. Of the woman I once was. Not of the woman I have become. The Lord transforms my life as He renews my mind with His Word. He washes me clean.
He takes me out of stuck places. And He pours His love and mercy into me to bestow upon others – upon people and very special dogs – to help them come out of their stuck places.
Because who wants to stay in a stuck place when by the grace of God we have the opportunity to come free and to walk by faith forward with the Lord – hand in hand, and, yes, sometimes, paw in hand.
All, and I mean ALL, for God’s glory!
|“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the|
renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2 NASB
“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor. 6:11 NASB