Mar 1, 2011

Muddy Paws and Man's REAL Best Friend

My Dog, 'Snips'
     I love my dog, but I can't stand the relentless digging that she does. She doesn't seem to understand my hatred of muddy paws, and seems to wonder why she cannot always come in the house.

     I thought I had tried everything. I put chicken wire underneath the gravel in her cage. She pulled it up. I strategically placed stepping stones over the areas where she most frequently digs. She dug giant holes underneath them.

     It wasn't until I began placing her own waste in the holes and covering it, that she finally began to get the picture. Dogs do not want to eat, sleep, or dig near there own waste. Digging is natural for her, and she would never stop if I did not intervene. I had to get her to the point where she hated digging, before she would stop.

    God wants us to stop digging. To stop reaching down into the filth of who we used to be. Muddy paws cannot come into His house. That is why the Holy Spirit is a constant reminder of where our digging leads. He reminds us of the stink we once had on us, with gentle and loving promptings. Digging was once natural for us, but now we are His. It is time to live like we belong in the house.

We may say that a dog is man's best friend, but if you have ever owned one you know that it is only temporary. God has truly earned the right to be our best friend for eternity. Romans 5:8 "But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. "


Kim said...

Great perspective and view. I am a recovering massive digger. Great job Nate!

Matthew said...

Great post. It reminds me of Francis Chan's Crazy Love where he talks about lukewarm Christians. He quoted Luke 14:34-35. Chan's interpretation is that a lukewarm Christian would ruin poo. I'm a guy and poo illustrations always stick in my mind so, that may be the only connection. Great observations.

Inside Nate's Head said...

Chan also said, "Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better, but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly