We can’t be whole apart from Jesus
Relationships consist of broken people. Or in this case, a broken dog. Please don’t be offended, but I was never an animal lover. I’ll admit the whole fur baby mentality made no sense to me, at least not until this canine beauty came along.
I mean seriously, look at those eyes. Even a cold heart would melt.
Now she is crippled. My dog is broken.
Proverbs 12:10, “A righteous man cares about his animal’s health.” HCSB
Three years ago, this dog converted me and I’m plain stupid over her. I mean, she rides in the passenger seat of my car. Since my family was insanely active, I chose an Australian shepherd. We ran the streets, the park, hiking trails and around the pond on my property. Though I swore I would never allow an animal inside my house, the endless shedding is worth her companionship. She loves to fetch a ball, play Frisbee and tug of war. She’s quiet social, but especially adores kids allowing them to wallow on her. But, she does not like the mailman, not one little bit.
Matthew 6:25, “Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” MSG
JOINED AT THE HEART
Despite the fact that she was only a puppy when I became disabled with myasthenia gravis, my furry bundle of energy sat down at my feet and parked herself. Dogs have an uncanny connection to their humans. She never insisted on playing; she was simply by my side. When I was away for 16 days for surgery, she sunk into a deep depression and nearly exploded with excitement when I returned.
Genesis 7:1-2, “Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals.” NIV
As my health improved, so did her energy. Now she selects a toy and whimpers for me to play. I can’t run with her, but she accepts that and we walk a little and I throw the ball when I can. But she has one bad habit – she chases that threatening mailman who invades our domain every day. She must have finally caught his car because I came home to find her skinned up, a little bloody and with a dislocated hip. The damage is permanent and now I have a disabled dog.
Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” NASB
It’s my turn to be her companion. We are broken together. I suspect it’s a requirement for all relationships since none of us are whole, perfect or complete. When we recognize our own lack rather than focusing on another’s then we can simply be together. Broken together, and that’s enough.
Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete,
Could we just be broken together?
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine,
Could healing still be spoken … and save us.
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together ~Casting Crowns.
Hebrews 11:40, “Since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” NIV
MORE THAN DOGS
These powerful lyrics apply to all relationships:
- parents and children
- husband and wife
- pets and humans
Only Jesus is whole, therefore we cannot be whole apart from Him. All other relationships consist of two broken people or in this case, a broken person and a broken dog. Anything else is merely a fairy tale.
My beautiful Aussie is broken, just like me. Don’t worry, we will get along just fine.
Matthew 25:36, “I was sick and you visited me.” NKJV
Disclaimer: It may not have been the mailman and if so, it was not his fault.