A Lesson from Jessie


When my children were younger, we decided it was a good thing to adopt a pet for them. We wanted them to develop their love for animals and learn responsibility. I was not prepared for the emotions we would go through, however, as we encountered sickness, death, and plain “sick to death” of some of these pets. Meeko the Cat was the one we desperately needed another home for several years ago, and thankfully she was adopted by a woman who had recently lost her beloved cat. I have no idea what I was thinking when I thought we could be a cat and dog family…bless you cat owners – you are special people indeed!

One dog we have is a mix of Labrador and Husky. Jessie is our fierce protector and lovable companion. Her bark is most definitely worse than her bite, but she has scared several pizza delivery folks all the way back to their cars. Her current sidekick companion is Riley, a miniature dachshund. Most days they enjoy daytime napping and chasing squirrels in the back yard, mostly Jessie watches from her favorite spot in the grass as Riley chases the squirrels.

Like other dogs who reach a certain age, Jessie’s activity level is not very high, and a hip injury from years ago slows her down just a bit. But when she gets hungry, Jessie lets me know.

When Jess is hungry, she will carry her plastic dish to wherever I am in the house. She loves to pick it up and drop it on the hardwood floor because it makes a noise (and gets my attention). Sometimes, she will pick it up and drop it repeatedly to ensure that I hear her. Jessie demands to be filled. Jessie seeks me out and demands my interaction to her need. I need to be a bit more like Jessie.

So often in the morning, I get out of bed and simply start my day. There are tasks that come “first” before I am ready to face the world, or my family. One that I am not always consistent with is meeting with God.

Philippians 4:6 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God”

The psalmist writes, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days,” (Psalm 90:14 NIV).

“Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress,” (Isaiah 33:2 NIV).

These verses, as well as others, remind me to see God first each and every day. It isn’t that He is mad at me and is not with me when I don’t – but if I want to be the very best reflection of Christ to the people I encounter each day, I should definitely spend some one-on-one time encountering Him first!

My favorite passage about being “filled” is from Exodus. The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, “(Exodus 16:12). The bread that they were to be filled with was the manna sent down by God to them each day during the wilderness journey. They couldn’t make it or grow it themselves. They could not keep more than they needed for the day ahead. Yet they were satisfied each day with His provision. Spending time with Him in the morning is like that for me.

What about you, Dear One? How does time with God help you prepare for the day ahead? He is waiting for us to drop our plastic bowl on the hardwood floor of our morning so He can fill us.




Copyright ©2017 Kelly Morris

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