This morning, this very morning, as I was yawning and stretching and doing my best to get moving, I heard a sound. This sound, was the sound of our Great Pyrenees dog, Remington, whimpering, whining and begging for attention.
Here’s the deal: our dog loves our neighbor and our neighbor loves our dog. Every morning our neighbor hollers “hello” to Remington as he leaves for work and every afternoon he stops at the fence when he gets home and asks Remington how his day was. It’s a pretty special bond and its one that means the world to me.
You see, when we moved in to town from the farm, I was so very afraid that our big dog would never stay inside our yard. I was afraid he would get out, terrorize the neighborhood, chase people’s cats, dig in the neighbor’s flower beds, bark all night and get us kicked out of the addition. So, I commenced to praying that God would give us good neighbors. Neighbors that would love dogs. Neighbors that would be patient and longsuffering. Neighbors that would enjoy Remington.
Well, Remington has been a complete gentleman and hasn’t once tried to get out or terrorize anything at all and God came through big time in answering my prayer. Not only does our neighbor love Remington and talk to him every day, but he also tosses him leftovers, shares food fresh off the grill, buys him dog treats, tosses him toys and occasionally takes him over to his yard to play. Can you say “best neighbor ever?”
So, this morning, as our neighbor was milling about in his garage, Remington could see him and desperately wanted his attention. Apparently, our neighbor was preoccupied and out of his routine and Remington was not happy about it at all. Finally, our good neighbor came over to the fence and called out to Remington.
“Remington – come here boy. How are you this morning Remington? Yes, I see you, I know you’re a good boy. I still love you.”
My goodness gracious! A smile instantly spread across my face and before I had even had my first cup of coffee there was joy in my journey. I thought about that conversation between dog and neighbor several times throughout the day. You know, I think maybe we are like that a little bit with God too. Sometimes we are down here just whimpering and whining and begging for God’s attention. We feel like he’s forgotten us or doesn’t notice us or even care about our needs. But then, if we wait patiently he calls us in and reminds us that he sees us, that he loves us and that everything is going to be ok.
On this, Day 32 of 100 Beautiful Days, that’s just what I needed. What does your heart need today? Where can you be watching for that little something that brings a smile to your face? Keep your eyes open and I’m sure you will find it!