Learning From Animals
Learning From Animals
My cousin Nancy is a dog lover. She takes in strays and is connected with a rescue center. You don’t want to know how many dogs she has in her house at any given moment.
Today I was reading something written by CS Lewis which made me think of her. He is talking about how God became man in Jesus.
“Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and music, and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poor substitute of looking into the beloved's face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speak? Christ by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father.” C.S. Lewis
My cousin Nancy loves dogs. She might even be willing to become a dog to save them, but I am not sure. Probably she is not sure.
What I am sure of is that God loves humankind enough to become a human being in Jesus Christ. He lived as we live, suffered as we suffer, died as we will die, and was raised as we can be raised in him.
Hebrews 4: 14-16 says, “14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
One more dog story for Nancy: In the nineteenth century, when doctors used to make home visits, a Christian doctor was visiting the home of a man who was dying. The doctor’s dog came with him, and it even came inside the house. The doctor climbed the stairs to the room of the man who was dying and went into his room, but he left his dog on the other side of the door. The dying man talked to the Christian doctor about spiritual things. He said he had trust in Jesus but was very concerned and untrusting about what heaven would be like. He liked to be in control of things, and he was disconcerted that he couldn’t know the details about heaven. At just that time the doctor’s dog on the other side of the door began to whimper for him.
The doctor said, ”You see my dog has never been in this room, but he wants in. He does not know anything about the room, and he does not care. He simply wants in here because I am here. He wants more than anything to be with me. That’s how heaven must be for us . We know Jesus is there and we have such love and devotion for him that we want only to be with him. Nothing else matters.”
Do you have the love and devotion to Jesus which an animal has for its master? If not, ask him to give it to you.
Winfield Casey Jones is a retired pastor and can be reached at email@example.com. This column first appeared in the Pearland and Friendswood Reporter News.