What Would It be Like to be God’s Dog?

What kind of a learner are you?

Me, I’m a visual learner. If I can visualize it, I can remember it. Some people remember best by listening. Others by doing. Visual clues are the best way I know to recall things I want to remember.

My life goal is to get closer to the Lord, to develop the strongest relationship with Him that I possibly can. And although prayer is a great way to do this, it’s not the only way. Hands down, the quiet time I spend with God is what strengthens my faith and our relationship the most. It’s that meditative time I spend with Him that brings me the most understanding, comfort, peace, and direction. But meditation is hard.

We are driven to seek stimulation; it’s what motivates us, it’s rewarding. We even relax with passive stimulation; things like TV, music, and reading. Our brains are seldom empty. If our brains are always being stimulated by external activity, how can we focus on what’s happening to us internally? How can we let God in if we’re full of other things? Where will God sit if the chair is in use?

Meditation is the only way I know of to empty my head to make room for Him. But again, meditation is hard. And being a visual learner, I need a visual that helps me focus on listening to God. For this reason, I imagine myself as a dog.

Yes, dog is God spelled backwards. It’s like the opposite of God. I imagine myself, like a dog, sitting at the Lord’s feet, waiting for His command. I’m just happy to be in his presence. I know He loves me and I love Him. That’s what kind of relationship we have. I’m just sitting and waiting, enjoying this time of feeling His presence. It’s what makes me love Him even more. He’s my master, my provider, owner of my heart. And I sit in anticipation of service to Him, listening for His command.

When I inhale, I breathe in the scent of His love. As I exhale, I empty myself of my concerns. With this image, I’m focused on the Lord and I’m able to empty myself of everything else. I am His humble servant. He is my world. What a privilege to be His dog. Thump, thump, thump. That’s the sound of my tail wagging.

Mary Morton

Mary Morton holds a BS degree in English and a minor in Journalism, studying at both Utah State University and the University of Kentucky. She is a graduate of the Author Academy, Carnegie Center for Writing and Literacy in Lexington, Kentucky and has been published in Baby Bug magazine and various adult periodicals. She is a member of Soul Care Community's Steering Committee, and her hope is that, through her writing, someone, even one person, will be led to seek a closer relationship with the Lord. When she is not writing, she is out being walked by her three rescued greyhounds, making costumes for her grandkids' school plays, or volunteering wherever she is needed.

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