For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.Romans 1:20 (NLT)
My dog taught me a spiritual lesson. No, that’s not a typo. My dog literally helped me connect with God one morning. Let me explain.
When I return from my jog each morning, I walk about 300 or so yards from the end of the run to my home. A year or so ago, when I was living in Southern Oregon, my route took me through the middle of the oval at Milo Adventist Academy. (Most schools have “quads,” which is the middle of campus with green space and picnic tables. We have “the oval.”) Each morning, as I would walk through, I would stop in the middle (or near the middle) and say a prayer for the students and staff. It was usually a short prayer, but it had been my routine for quite some time. However, on a particular morning, I was lost in my own thoughts. As I proceeded across the oval, I was oblivious to my surroundings. As I was passing my normal spot of prayer, my dog abruptly cut me off. This is semi-normal behavior because he is a stubborn Husky. However, when I looked down to chastise him, I realized where I was standing. My dog then sat down as if to say, “We’re not moving until you pray pastor-dude.” I realized in that moment that God had reminded me, through my dog none-the-less, of the importance of praying for others and connecting with Him. He also reminded me that the short time we have each morning is important to Him as well.
The Apostle Paul maybe didn’t have my Husky in mind when he penned our verse for today, but it is very appropriate. “Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.”
How often do we get too busy to pause and pray throughout our day? It seems like there is so much going on that we often miss the opportunity to connect with God – even if it’s just to say “hey.” God understands the pressures of this life (Jesus was human after all). So, He will send us reminders to connect with Him because He also knows how important time spent together is for us. It’s also important to Him. He loves hearing from His children.
So, today, and every day, stop, pause, and pray.