The faith of dogs and cats

The bible says we can learn a lot by considering an ant (prov 6:6). Today I learnt something by looking at a dog. When taking a dog for a walk people throw balls for them. They hold back their arm, or that ball scooper thing, and propel the ball forward. Off goes the dog to get it and bring it back. Sometimes people pretend to throw the ball and the dog goes haring off. Realising there is no ball it comes running enthusiastically back, with a waging tail that says “this time for sure”. Even after several false starts, the dogs eagerness only seems to ramp up. It’s amazing that it never looses interest or goes off in a huff. I guess it really really loves fetching the ball and knows that it will be thrown, and there is no reason why it wouldn’t be this time. Faith is a bit like that. It comes back after disappointment with eager expectation. God will do what he said. If it didn’t happen yesterday, it’s even more likely today. Forgetting what is behind and pressing on to the future.

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Dogs are also loyal and faithful and trusting and want to be with you and serve you and so on. All good qualities. Now let me list the things a cat can teach us about faith:

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Yep, I think that’s about it.

 

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