He sleeps with some part of his body touching some part of mine and does not rise until I do, regardless of my crazy sleep schedule. Most of the day he rests with a keen ear toward my activity and one eye open, sure to find a closer spot to lounge if I stray too far for his comfort.
Today I have carved out a few hours for reading and study, but first I prepared a plate of peanut butter and apple slices. Nothing far from ordinary in our routine. However, as I turned to sit in my comfy chair Cooper’s demeanor struck me. Look closely here:
The chaise I have settled into is built for two – the two of us. Cooper serves me. I am his master. His eyes reflect the conflict he seems to be experiencing. He is incredibly devoted to being at my side, protecting me and to not being left out of whatever I may be doing. However, there IS peanut butter on that plate and it appeared in this moment that the peanut butter may win his loyalty.
Maybe it is because I was sitting down to read my Bible and a devotional, but those eyes and his apparent conflict really struck me. We have a friend and master in Jesus always waiting, always ready to sit with us in the chair with room for two. He does not force us into His presence, it is an invitation. This moment with Cooper gave me pause. It convicted me.
You see, I relish my moments in His presence. It is a priority and it is valuable to me. However, I must confess that I can often “throw in just one load of laundry first”, then “oh, how long will it take to pick up quickly”, “to check email quick, I mean what if something important has come through?”. . .and on and on it goes, right? Throughout the day my heart still longs for that time to be quiet, to reset my mind and set my day’s priorities and before I realize it the day is coming to a close. What do I have to give to my King then? Whatever is left over after I’ve accomplished “just one more thing, and then. . .”
I desire more of this:
Devotion. Cooper ultimately chose devotion to me, his master. It felt good to both of us. I took time to feel deeply as I processed my emotions.
Jeremiah 29:13 tells us, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you”. Avoid temptation. Be devoted.
Quiet time at his feet, listening and absorbing. Jesus FIRST, whatever He directs me to next. I pray this over all of us, friends. Oh, how our days could look so much differently. Let’s claim it in His name – now.