Our small herd of animals are now bringing me tremendous conviction every morning. My alarm clock sets off the Pavlov’s dog phenomenon in our household each morning. We have four furry family members, two dogs and two cats. Each morning when my alarm clock goes off their hunger kicks in. I am a snooze button hitter and this drives them nuts. Our fat little mixed dog starts crying and getting anxious. Sometimes she jumps off the bed (yes she sleeps at my feet) her fat little body will not allow her to get back up so then the crying really ensues. Our three legged lab will start jumping up and smacking me with her one front paw. She often tries to physically pick me up with her nose. She will bury her nose under an arm, leg or my side and dig and lift with all her might. The cats jump up and pace on my pillow or my head. Once I am up there is no time to go to the restroom first. The four of them are just too pitiful. Salivating, jumping, spinning in circles, tails wagging, whole little bodies just a shaking, panting. They sprint toward the kitchen then come back toward my slow staggering legs. They often turn their heads to look back to make sure I am still coming along behind them. My husband often refers to me as “Dr. Doolittle” when he witnesses this morning routine. Their excitement over their morning meal makes me smile. Their excitement just recently started to bring conviction to my own spirit.
Do I get this kind of excitement within myself over being fed by God Himself! Do I jump and spin in anticipation at what He is going to teach me through His Word each day? Do I spring out of bed to read His word or when getting up to attend church on Sundays? I honestly can’t say I get near as excited as I should. Dear God help me to be more like my precious pets. Help me to hunger for your word and to be fed by you just like my animals anticipate their morning feeding.
John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”