They emerge from their dog houses when they hear me approach. Sunshine or rain. Regardless of the temperature. The conditions don't matter. Their tails wag in eager anticipation. Our two retrievers never cease to bring a smile to my face.
After a fitful night of sleep, I struggled to wake up this morning. Seeing my daughter off to school, was followed by a leisurely breakfast and time spent in God's Word. I must admit, I was anything but perky. Battling the urge to head up the stairs and climb back into my cozy bed, I opted to don my winter coat, wrap my scarf snugly around my head, pull on my gloves, and head out to feed the dogs.
There they were. Ready to greet me and drive the 'blahs' from my day. They look forward to individual attention. Each of our dogs enjoy being petted and hugged. Precious loves to have her belly rubbed. Joe loves to play ball. It goes without saying that both of them enjoy their food, especially when it includes special treats. Scraps of meat. Or the neighbor's homemade doggy biscuits. After some time spent with our loving pets, I was in a much better frame of mind to tackle the responsibilities of the day.
As I headed back into the house, I couldn't get the image of those wagging tails out of my mind. Incredible enthusiasm. What if I adopt the attitude of my dogs? What if I eagerly anticipate what my Master has for me every day? He assures me that He is accessible all the time. I don't need to make an appointment. "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3; KJV).
Sunshine and rain are as much a part of the weather forecast; as ups and downs are a part of life. Not one of life's circumstances catches my Master by surprise. Whether big or small, He is ever faithful to walk closely by my side. He encourages me to take off the burdens I've been carrying and leave them at His feet. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
Even when life threatens to overwhelm me, His Word is full of help to carry me through. At a particularly difficult time in David's life he cried out to God, "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. from the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah" (Psalms 61:1-4).
May I run with eager anticipation to my Master no matter the 'weather' or 'temperature' of life. He is always there to give me exactly what I need. All the loving attention. "Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jeremiah 31:3b). And along with the nourishing 'food' of His Word, He oftentimes mixes in 'goodies.' Those 'delicious' things that go so far beyond my wildest expectations! He IS able to do, "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).
Are you eagerly anticipating what the Master has for you? He alone, has everything you need. Let Him encourage your heart, today!