I was sitting at my desk the other day and looked out the back glass doors and found the scene above. My little Bella just sitting pretty under our one big tree in the backyard. Y’all, I just can’t tell you how much joy that little dog brings me. It’s actually kind of ridiculous. I never thought I’d be one of those dog owners but I am. I so am.
Just yesterday we had to go shopping and I told Bella as I was putting her in her crate I was sorry but I’d take her for a walk when we got home. And then. THEN. As we were pulling back in the driveway I said OUT LOUD to Scott, “I’m going on a walk when we get in. I told Bella I’d take her.” Like, I know. Crazy dog lady talk. I’m annoying myself.
Do you see her little leg propped out in the back? I call it her kick stand and laugh every time I see it and make Scott look too.
But really, guys, I think she likes me just as much.
She follows me around the house like my shadow. She sleeps at the foot of our bed at night. When I get up and go make the girls’ lunches in the morning, she sits pretty like that and watches me. I know she’s waiting for me to drop something but whatever. When I work, she stays close by in the living room and naps. When I go get ready in the bathroom, she lies under Scott’s hanging clothes in the closet and waits for me. And yes, even when I go to the bathroom, she follows me in there and lays on the rug and waits. I’ve tried to close the door and she barks to get in with me.
I love it. Whatever.
It got me thinking though about our relationship with God.
So many times we ask God to be our shadow like Bella is mine.
God, we’re going over here will you go with us? It sometimes looks like:
I just wrote this post, will you bless it?
I took a new job! Will you help me be successful?
We’re getting married, I hope you show up!
It can apply in so many ways. We decide where we’re going and then hope we find God has decided to follow and bless us.
I don’t know if I have it totally figured out, but my heart says we’ve got it backwards; he’s supposed to be the master and we should be the devoted follower, always sensing for movement, watching for his leading and delighting in sitting at his feet.