We’ve had our new puppy (Addie) for only 5 days, but it feels like a lifetime already. Emily was incredibly excited weeks before we even picked her out. My emotions were amazingly reserved and I wasn’t even that interested in getting a puppy. All I could think about was chewing, bathing, feeding, extra $$, less spontaneity, pooping, etc. I didn’t allow my heart to go anywhere…until she came along.
After only a few hours with us, my heart poured out to a creature much smaller and more helpless than me. This little thing was also COMPLETELY dependent upon me and my care and love for it. As she curled up in my arms and fell asleep I knew that I wanted to take care of her even better than myself. I would give my time to her and my attention, even if that meant less for myself. I want her to learn and grow and become strong.
I have a feeling that those same feelings (only greater) will occur when I have a true child of my own. I can wait for all the “work,” but I’m seeing that the work doesn’t become a hindrance, but rather a reward. I’m no where near perfect, but if I can love like this…how much more can our Heavenly Father love us??