"Come near now and kiss me"
I got another sweet little lesson from my dog the other day. And I didn't miss the beauty in it, despite the fact that it was first thing in the morning, and I was a little bleary.
It was Sunday morning, and the Apple of my Eye was up before I was. 'Course that's usually how it goes. I'm not really a morning person.
I could hear noises in the kitchen as I got up, and when I came into view of the kitchen, I could tell why. The Apple of my Eye was doing the dishes that never got done on Saturday evening. And sitting behind him as he worked was our loyal dog. She's devoted to him, and when he's home, if you want to find her, just look wherever he is.
So there she was, eyes on him, but when I came around the corner, she looked up and saw me. I was all the way down the hallway, past the living room. She didn't move, she just turned her head and looked at me.
I'm not sure what she was thinking. I'm also not sure what she ever thinks. Or if, to be honest with you. But she didn't move from her position.
Until I crouched down. That was her invitation. And she came running down the hallway, past the living room, to greet me and nuzzle me good morning.
It has happened before, that she comes to me when I crouch down. Sometimes we'll be out in the backyard, maybe I'll be sweeping or something, and she'll be sniffing around the grass or chasing her ball. But when I come down to her level, even without calling to her, she will come running to me.
And I love the lesson in that. The reminder, really. That Jesus, who loves us so, humbled Himself and came down from heaven to our level, and in so doing, invited us to come to Him.
Love prompts the invitation, and love prompts the response.
~ "God will redeem my soul
from the power of the grave,
and He shall receive me." ~