PET TREATMENT AND WHAT THAT REVEALS ABOUT US
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the compassion of the wicked is cruelty. Proverbs 12:12
With the seriousness of our times, everything I’ve been writing has been sober. Today, let me speak of something lighter. I know that my soul needs a break.
Ok, I admit it. Our pets are pretty spoiled. We used to have a dingo dog named Freska. She was temperamental and territorial. I’m embarrassed to say that the only way I could get her to ‘come’ was to promise her cheese. Well, let me clarify. That only worked for a while. One day, she decided it was better to run free in the yard than to come and get the cheese. I had to appeal to her more carnal side. I called out, “I’m going to go give the kitty cheese.” With that, she came like a shot. Jealousy worked every time.
Now, we have a Golden Retriever rescue dog named Mollie. While she’ll come when called, she gives retrievers a bad name. She has a bucket of balls and when we throw them, she’ll catch one and drop it. She’s waiting for the next one! Dog training and a mountain of treats have not changed this behavior. Guess who is retrieving all the balls to replenish the bucket?!
Our two grey tabbies, Portabella and Steve, are also our treasures. I put words in their mouth daily. “What’s that you say? You don’t want Meow Mix anymore?” My kids have laughed at me over the years but I swear that the cats have acquired a more superior attitude since I insisted they have so many opinions. (By the way, you could also rightly assume that I’ve written songs for every pet we’ve ever owned.)
Want to know what the heart of a person is like? See how he treats his animals. My great, great grandfather was notorious for his cruelty to animals. Though he died long before I was born, I have repented for his behavior before God. Respect for God’s creation, whether a flower, a cow in the field, or your pet, is among our highest duties. In the Old Testament, God mourned the animals that were among the fallen in battle and judgment. You may think I take the following to an extreme but here goes. I really hesitate to trust anyone who doesn’t like animals.
Today, you may look at your pet with wonder. You may consider the work of God’s hands. And, here’s food for thought. In Randy Alcorn’s book, HEAVEN, he addresses the fact that in the Garden of Eden, the serpent could talk. He is prone to think that all animals talked before the Fall, and might talk again in heaven. If they are able to tell us a story or two, won’t their tales be interesting, even indicting?
Thank you for the gift of our four legged friends. You do all things well and they are fearfully and wonderfully made. They are just another reason to worship You. In Jesus’ name, Amen