Buddy always greets me with joyous rapture when I return home. And he is always excited to take a “walkie” although we frequently walk the same route once or twice a day. Unless something frightens him, his normal state is to be either contented or happy.
The prophet Isaiah wrote:
“The steadfast in mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”–Isaiah 36:3
I believe that dogs are happy because they aren’t fussing or ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. They live in the present.
God always encourages us to be thankful (contented) and to live in the present.
Not to ruminate on the past, to let it go:
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.”–Isaiah 43:19 Why?
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered nor come to mind.”–Isaiah 65:17
Because one day we will not remember our current earthly lives. You’re not only going to leave everything in the past behind–but not even remember this present life. So why keep holding onto that old baggage that’s distressing you? Drop it now. You’re not taking it to heaven (or the new earth) with you.
And, what is worry? Fretting about possible negative events in the future.
Does a dog ever sit around and think, “Good heavens! My owner may die tomorrow and I won’t get treats and walkies and belly rubs anymore? I may get chucked out of the house and have to lick spoiled tomato sauce out of old, rusty tin cans in the garbage dump to survive.” Heck no! He’s focused on what you have hidden in that napkin in your coat pocket after you returned from eating out.
Jesus says, because we can trust in God’s love for us: “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him…For everyone who asks receives…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him.”–Matthew 6:8, 7:8, 7:11 from the Sermon On The Mount
In summary, you can trust God for your present and your future. Forget the past and move on because you have a wonderful future ahead of you.
“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create, For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness.?–Isaiah 65:18
God created you to be happy as a dog.
Ironically, while working on this post, something popped up that distressed me greatly. God brought it around for my good (Romans 8:28). Thinking about what I am blogging about helped to calm me down and deal with the situation much more rationally. God is good. What timing!
Never claimed I was perfect, just blogging about what I am thinking about or dealing with at the time.
Much love from Dawn and Buddy.