The call of a blue jay, the buzz of a cicada, the bark of a distant dog, the roar of a passing truck. These are among the sounds that will bring our puppy Summer to a standstill. She’ll cock her head and gaze in the direction of these unfamiliar sounds.
The flight of a white cabbage butterfly, a clover flower swaying in the breeze, a cricket hopping through the grass. These are among the sights that cause her to stop and watch. At twelve weeks of age the world is still filled with many new things, and our small Labrador is keen to take it all in. Seeing it through her eyes makes me pause and look at these familiar things anew.
These moments with Summer take me back to Adi’s puppyhood. I still remember her first measurable snow. Adi was about ten weeks old at the time. Tentatively she walked across the cold ice crystals, snuffing the fluffy white coldness with her nose, and tasting it with her tongue. As large flakes landed on her head, she gazed towards the sky intrigued. We only got an inch or so of snow that morning, but I’ll never forget the beauty of the landscape as I looked at it through the eyes of a Labrador puppy.
These moments remind me of Jesus’ words,
“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 18: 2-4
As I get older, I realize that I have more of a tendency to overlook the significance and importance of things in both God’s creation and Word that have become overly familiar. These puppy moments remind me that I need to read the Bible afresh marveling at the wonders that are written. I need to gaze anew at the Lord’s handiwork and wonders in nature. I need to have the eyes of a child coupled with the humility of a child’s faith that says, “Lord, I believe in you. I believe you created all that surrounds me, and it is good. I believe you wrote the words of the Bible, and they are true. Give me fresh eyes to see and fresh ears to hear.”
Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the LORD.Proverbs 20:12, NLT
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