Those of you who are pet owners probably know what I’m talking about. How delightful it is to come home to a furry/fuzzy/feathered friend, excited and happy to welcome you home! Oh I’d prefer if it was my husband Steve, yet if he’s not home I get a big smile, wag of the tail, and wimper of joy from Elle. That’s just alright with me.
Last week I was up at 5:00 a.m. unable to sleep. The night was a rough one with seizure-like tics and the headache and body aches that follow. Somehow I got myself into the kitchen for a snack and a drug of choice. God’s Word provided comfort too, then I caught the big, brown, puppy-dog eyes of our German shepherd, Elle. She’s more timid than most German Shepherds yet smart, affectionate, protective, and fast chasing a tennis ball or unsuspecting rabbit! And here she was looking over at me in the middle of the night as if to say, “what’s wrong? You can talk to me.” I felt comforted in a sweet, different kind of way and definitely had to give her an extra scratch behind the ears for that! The feeling of soft fur is soothing at a time like this for sure . . .
They say that sometimes you just need Jesus with skin-on. In other words, you need to see, touch, and feel the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ in a tangible way. You need to know His presence right now, right here in the midst of the chaos. I’ll tell ya sometimes you need Jesus with fur-on too! Thank you Elle for being such a sweet friend in my time of need.