Man’s Best Friend

This is my dog, Asher.

IMG_6543I always wanted to name my son “Asher” but when I got married, I realized that would not be the kindest thing to do to my future little guy. Asher Lasher just wouldn’t work for a kid. So, when we got a puppy six months into marriage, I jumped at the chance to use the name I loved on our fur baby.

The first day that we got him, we brought him home to our apartment and he was a little nervous. So nervous that that teeny tiny little puppy crawled under our dresser and then couldn’t figure out a way to get himself back out. We wasted no time in moving the furniture and scooping him up into our arms.

From that moment on, he has loved us unconditionally. He lives for our attention, adoration, and cuddles. He follows us around the house like a shadow and no matter what it is we’re doing, he’s there, watching us with his big brown eyes full of love. When the kids are sleeping, he waits outside their bedroom doors. When we get home, his tail wags so fast and so wide that his whole body moves with it, like a hand waving hello. When I sit down, he jumps into my lap and when I talk, his ears perk up, hanging on my every word.

Asher keeping Annabelle company when she was a newborn. Dogs just know when we need a little extra love.

If you have a dog, you know what I’m talking about. They live to love us. They don’t care what we’re doing or where we’re going as long as we’re together. Time in our presence is what they long for and pleasing us is their pleasure.

I admire that about dogs. Their love knows no bounds and their joy is wrapped up in their people. I admire it so much in fact that I sometimes wonder if God had a deeper motive when he created dogs. I wonder if He wrapped up love and loyalty and devotion in their hearts as a kind of message in a bottle for us; the beneficiaries of all the good in them.

Maybe His intention was to show us what a life devoted looks like. Maybe He hoped that one day, when we were cuddled up on the couch with the creature that literally basks in our presence we might be reminded that we should love God that way.

With a heart that simply wants to be with Him, in His presence no matter where we are or what we’re doing. With a mind that thinks of His desires, His purpose, His will before our own. With actions that mimic His, a heart that waits on His, and a life that rests in His.

King David understood this kind of love and yearning after the Lord. Like a man who is hungry and can’t think or talk of anything else, David wrote about it all over the Psalms.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalm 84: 1-2 NIV

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3 NIV

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27: 4 NIV

Do you love God like this? With complete dependence on Him? Complete trust and adoration and obsession? Like a dog, do you delight in simply being with Him and does your soul find a home, find rest in Him? Do you live to love Him?

Is He your hearts desire?

If the answer is no, then lets seek Him together this week. The only way to develop a love for and dependence on something is to introduce it to your life consistently. Spend time with Him this week through reading your Bible, praying, or even talking with people that love Him. They are His ambassadors in this world and will represent His heart well.

Like a dog that loves with their whole existence, pour yourself into your relationship with the Lord. He loves longer and harder and better than any sweet puppy ever could.