My shadow now comes in the form of a black Labrador Retriever. The intensity of Adi’s shadowing changes about an hour before her dinner-time. At this point, nothing deters her from following me step for step. Each time I look at her, she gives me a look that says, “Remember me. I need fed.” Regardless of how many minutes tick by or how hungry her belly becomes, she doesn’t lose heart. She doesn’t whine or go find someone else to feed her or worse take matters into her own hands. She simply waits for me to walk to her bowl and fill it with food. Why? She knows I will. I always do.
One evening as I was chopping vegetables for supper, I looked at the Lab lying at my feet gazing up at me with that look and the word “persistent” came to mind. As I chewed on that word, I thought of Jesus’ parable of the persistent widow. The story begins, “And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).” In these days when evil seems so prevalent, when society scoffs at prayer, and when my prayers for loved ones seem to be unanswered, I was reminded of the importance of persistently praying. Why? Because He hears and answers. He always does. (Psalm 34, Matthew 7:7-8).
May I be like my Lab, faithfully shadowing my Savior in persistent prayer not losing heart.
“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer. That calls me from a world of care. And bids me at my Father’s throne. Make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.” -Hymn by William Walford*
*Walford, William. (1845). “Sweet Hour of Prayer” [Lyrics]. Retrieved from URL https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Sweet_Hour_of_Prayer/
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