I received a delightful lesson yesterday from my puppy. Daisy is a pure bred Bichon Frisé and full of love and playfulness. Yesterday I had a very full day of teaching and Greg was off removing Christmas lights off houses far and wide. Every once in a while before the heavy part of my teaching began I was able to take little breaks from preparing – and go play with Daisy with all her toys. We played tug-a-war for a few minutes, I chased her with the Swiffer (her personal favorite thing to do as she gets all excited and jumps, runs and barks) and squeaked all the squeaky toys making a lot of noise for her. After a time she tired of all these things and found the bully stick in the picture above and proceeded to chew on it – quite forgetting all about me, or so it seemed to me. I waited until she was fully occupied and then tried to sneak out of the room and back into my office. Immediately upon my rising from the recliner in the family room – she was ON ALERT and fully abandoned what she was doing and rose to follow me.
This was such a curious thing to me. Especially as she seemed to be ignoring me. But clearly SHE knew I was still there. And she still needed an audience and full approval from me.
I experimented. I brought her bully stick into my office. I set it on the mat in the picture. Nothing. I sat in my office chair and told her, “get your chew stick”. The result of that conversation is the picture above. “What chew stick?”
It was a great lesson for me. It was me that she wanted all along. And as long as I am with her in the same room paying undivided attention to her – she will play with them. But she will take me over the toys any day. The toys always come in second.
I think that God must feel like that with us. He allows us to be preoccupied and distracted. But at the end of the day – He just wants us. No toys and other time-wasters. Just pure devotional and heart-felt recognition. Peace and comfort from just being together. He wants to be first.
When was the last time that I gave that kind of un-distracted kind of attention to my maker, Saviour, brother and friend? He deserves my full attention and more. Clearly I am too busy if I do not have time each day to bask in His presence.
Help me Lord to stay focused on what is the most important. Giving you first place in my schedule. Every day. With my full attention. Help me to listen and learn. Respond and act clearly. Seeing the most important. Change my heart. Make my heart break with what breaks yours. Keep me in tune. Amen