We’ve heard it said. We’ve seen it written on cards. We’ve had friends tell us, “Just relax, enjoy the journey.”
It’s an awesome encouragement, but, it’s not always easy to find joy along life’s broken road. Sometimes I wish I was more like my dogs. It seems so easy for them to enjoy life! No matter where we are, what we’re doing, rain or shine, they’re tail wagging happy or at the very least they’re calm and content.
What’s the key to finding joy in life, especially when times are tough?
Having observed my dogs year after year, day in and day out, I think the secret to their joyful attitude is their complete trust in me. They know without a shadow of a doubt that I love them and that I always look out for them.
Their example encourages me to worry less and to trust God’s plan. After all God went through on the cross, suffering an excruciating death to demonstrate his undying love for me, how can I not trust his plan?
Whenever I lounge on the sofa, my dogs instantly jump up next to me. It doesn’t take long for them to settle down and snuggle peacefully on my lap. My presence calms and comforts them, because they know how much I love them. I’m faithful to care for their every need.
Dear friend, God loves you and is caring for you, even if you aren’t always aware. Be still today (snuggle up with God) and trust him with everything that concerns you. God is with you and will help you. No need to fret or worry.
One of the sweetest lessons learned from my dogs is the importance of slowing down. Not just slowing down to savor life’s precious moments, but also slowing down to pray—to take time daily to talk to God (and listen), and to share my needs.
EVERYONE NEEDS HOPE THESE DAY! I’m so thankful that each time I look in the eyes of my dog, I feel hope. No doubt, if you share life with a furry friend, you’ve felt it too. Could God be trying to tell us something?