I was in the middle of a big party. Actually, it was a party gone too far – from pity-party to temper tantrum – all because of some physical issues in my body. Right in the midst of all the tears and rants toward my Daddy, I was shown an old, yet vivid, snapshot of a precious dog named Sparky. Why was the Lord reminding me of him now? If I share the specifics, maybe it will make sense to both of us.
Sparky was a full-grown cock-a-poo (more cock than poo) when I rescued him from the side of a busy thoroughfare. With a long, barrel-shaped chest and short legs, he was never a swimmer (too much body and too little legs). As a healthy younger dog, that was not an issue, since he avoided the pool unless he sat on the float with me – one of our favorite pastimes. With aging, however, came blindness from cataracts and strokes that left him unbalanced in his walk. Because he usually confined himself to a small area in the fenced backyard, though, we continued to let him out on his own for short periods of time.
One morning, we got busy with other things and forgot about Sparky after we let him out. When we remembered, we panicked when he wasn’t waiting at the door. Though fearing the worst, we were greatly relieved to find him sitting on the top step of the pool. Thankful, though filled with thoughts of what could have happened, we rushed to retrieve, dry, and reassure Sparky, but we were really the ones who needed the reassuring.
Sparky wasn’t frantically trying to get out of the pool by that step, a useless endeavor with his short legs. He wasn’t trying everything else he could think of to save himself. Nor was he even barking to attract our attention. No, with complete peace, he simply sat on that step enjoying the morning sun, waiting patiently, fully assured that we would be there for him.
Ephesians 3:19 AMP [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience];
Right now, I needed to think about why Sparky had such peace in what should have been a frightening situation. It was the love we had shown in his previous trials. How much greater is my heavenly Father’s love for me in the trial I face right now! How much greater can my peace be! I will only wear myself out trying to fix my situation. But God! From previous experience with His love and His Word, I am assured that He is always with me and is my rest!
2 Timothy 1:12 KJV . . . for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
I’d love to say the struggle is over, but it’s not. It’s an ongoing process as He gently leads me from a head understanding to a heart revelation, without being troubled by my slowness. I even asked why I’m not yet in that rest, even though I see what He’s revealed. Lovingly, He pointed out that Sparky wasn’t staring at the step he couldn’t climb, nor the water in which he could have drowned. His gaze was above the circumstances. How simple. My focus needs to be on Jesus, regardless of symptoms. When I look for His face, I find His all-sufficient grace for my time of need.
Thank You, Lord, for Your all-sufficient grace and unconditional love for me! Thank You, also, for sending Sparky to my party!