So, I’ve been getting pinged a little bit as of late for not contributing so much to this blog. I have to admit that I’ve been somewhat hesitant to do so; I mean, Spill has all things aviation related, XBrad keeps us abreast of the military/political goings-on, etc. Since my “specialty” is the chaplaincy & all things related to knowing and understanding God, I don’t ever want to come across as somehow forcing my beliefs on others, esp. those who have had bad experiences with various religions in the past.
However, it dawned on me today that that’s really a cheap cop-out. I mean, everyone who comes here is a visitor, right? If you’re an atheist, or agnostic, or otherwise don’t want to hear about God – then you can simply skip my posts and/or go somewhere else, right? It’s not like I’m making you read what I write.
So with that out of the way, I came across this video the other day:
Now, this is a touching video for many reasons. Most of us probably love dogs, and to see one such as this so obviously neglected and abandoned tugs at our heart-strings. It may even bring a tear to your eye to witness the transformation of this pup from a lonely, scared, blind creature into a clean, tail-wagging dog full of life and joy. And that’s ok – it should make you tear up a bit.
But what I see when I watch this is a deeper symbolism – one that parallels our own predicament. I see this story as one that represents very well our human condition and what God has done for us. That little dog represents me before I came to know God. I was dirty, smelly, unable to help myself and blind to my own condition. I was lost in my own sin. But a compassionate Savior found me where I was – came to me in my squalid corner – and rescued me. He opened my eyes to see the world with new vision. He cleaned me and got rid of all the vermin that had infested me. He showed tenderness, mercy and love.
Did I have a part to play in all this? Yes, I suppose so. I could’ve resisted Him. I could’ve run away, or bit His hand if He got too close. I could’ve accepted the free help and then run off again. Or, I could’ve accepted the unconditional love for what it was and allowed myself to be fundamentally transformed.
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, pause for a moment to consider your own condition. Has God given you reason for joy this year? Has He changed your life in some way? Has He shown you kindness and mercy that you didn’t deserve and couldn’t possibly have earned? If so, take a moment to thank Him for coming to your aid. Thank Him for not abandoning you in your filth and misery.