March 2022

A number of years ago, we lost our family dog who was named Valerie. After a few months, I asked my youngest son, Jordan, if he would like to go and look for another dog.
The first place we went was the animal shelter in Roseville and it was full of dogs. Young, old, big, small. Some dogs were barking, some were scared and sat quietly.
The smell was less than pleasant, the pens were clean, but they were bare concrete with a chain-link fence keeping the dogs where they needed to be.
My son Jordan walked around two or three times. And as I was following Jordan, he took a couple of steps ahead of me and turned his head away from the cages.
He cried; his heart was broken because of the situations of these animals that he has a heart for. The dogs could do nothing about their situation. They all needed someone to rescue them.
Jordan could not save all the dogs, but he had seen the dog he wanted. So, we signed papers, paid the price and Bella was ours and we took her home.
Bella came into the house and the first thing she did was to pee on the living room carpet. She has dug up our backyard, torn down trees, chewed clothing and shoes.
She bolted to the street if the door was opened just a little bit; she reached up and took food, birthday cake, and chocolate off the table. She chased and killed skunks despite the odor.
There are times that Jordan looks at Bella shakes his head in disbelief and says, “Idiot!” And yet every night Bella is in Jordan’s bed, every day he feeds her and keeps her clean and healthy.
That is what Jesus is like for us. He looks at us and we are trapped and there is no way we can escape on our own, we are doomed to a difficult life, and ultimately death.
Jesus feels compassion for us. So much love that He is willing to pay the price Himself for our lives.
And there are times I am sure Jesus sees me, rolls His eyes, and says, “Idiot!”
And yet every day He feeds me, invites me to be with Him. He keeps me healthy and clean, not because He has to, but because He loves me.
I John 5:13 – “These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
There are some who hope and wish for eternal life. But for the child of God, we don’t have to hope or wish, the Bible says that we can KNOW that we have eternal life.
That’s what I think anyway…
Jody <><