Even in the darkened room, illuminated only by moonlight, I noted an unfamiliar glimmer on the bathroom tile floor. What is that? I turned on the light and to my horror, discovered it was blood. Following the trail of blood, it led back to the kennel where my dog should have been sleeping. She was not there and was hiding under the bed, cowering in fear. I wanted to help her and softly spoke to her but she did not move. My dog has a recurring abscess in the glands around her anus. It is a common problem with some dog species and she has suffered through several previous bouts.
Although I love my dog, she does not return my affection because she is afraid of me. This unfortunate event occurred when the rest of my family was vacationing out of state and I was left alone to care for her. In the morning before I left, I prayed for her and asked God to give her peace and comfort to allow me to coax her to enter her kennel so that I could take her to the veterinarian later in the afternoon. “I’m trying to help her and she won’t allow me to do so!” I thought to myself. I was frustrated. Even if what I was doing would help her, perhaps even save her life, my dog still rejected me. Thankfully, God answered my prayers and I was able to get her into the kennel and transport her to the clinic.
Isn’t this how we sometimes act with God? God desires for none of us to perish but for all to have eternal life and salvation through faith and belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. Even if we reject His help, He continues to reach out to us because He loves us with a perfect love that is not dependent upon how we respond to Him. God takes the initiative. Why does He do this?
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Thankfully, I was able to get medical assistance for my dog. She still rejects my help. I am hopeful that someday she will understand that I am only seeking the best for her. Our Heavenly Father is the same. He is always seeking the best for His children. God showers us with His blessings and kindness to lead us to repent and turn away from our sins.
Praise God for His grace and mercy!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.