We never know what will brighten our day. We cannot imagine how God might bring a bit of light into an otherwise dark situation. He sneaks it in through the most beautiful and wonderous parts of his creation. Sometimes it is a flower or a bird’s song. Sometimes it is the kindness of a stranger or a note written from a friend. It could be through kind words spoken over us or a invaluable listening ear. One of the ways God displays joy for me is through Leo. Leo teaches me how to love even when I may not feel lovable. He teaches me adventure – even though he may never catch anything, he never gives up his sense of exploration. He motivates me to get up and get moving – he always has an agenda of fun and play. And when I watch him with the water hose, my whole face lights up as I see the joy beaming from him in his excitement.
For some, a dog is a dog. But for me, Leo is a teacher. He is a guide. He helps me see better in me. I’m grateful God gives us mirrors which enables us to see our best selves. God created us and loves us beyond measure. He gives us hope and joy to help us see the beauty in his creation. He gives us mercy and grace when we fail him (and others). He reminds us that we are beautifully and wonderfully made. Sometimes we cannot hear those words – so he sends his creation like Leo so we can feel those words.
My prayer is that you experience how loved you really are. May your reflection tell the story of someone who is God’s beloved child. May your joy be full and may you experience hope in God. And may God send you a way to see just your beauty.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
Photos included in Devotions are captured by David Cain – The Cain Gallery. Photos are available for sale by contacting The Cain Gallery