Lessons From My Dog

Our dog Ellie is getting older, which is requiring a whole lot more tender loving care from our entire family. For Christmas we got her a set of bones that she absolutely loves. She takes her bone, and goes outside and spends hours with it just happily gnawing away. It makes us happy to see her happy. But here's the thing - her love of that bone has made us lose sleep. When we leave her bones outside, she ends up dreaming about her bone, waking up in the middle of the night, and letting us know that she needs to get outside to be with her bone at 2am. I'm not loving the sleep deprivation caused by her love for her bones. But I can say as I watch her gnaw on her latest bone this morning that I want to desire God in the way she desires her bone. King David wrote in the Psalm 77 "I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.  I remembered you, God, and I groaned."  I want to be drawn to God today.