“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.”
Psalm 8:3-8 (NLT)
I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone who has a dog, but we love our little (well, sort-of little) guy. He’s grown a lot in the last year and a half since we adopted him. One of his absolute most favorite things to do is taking a ride in the backseat of our car. It’s an older 2-Door car that we call “Old Red”. When we’re driving he stands in-between us or over our shoulders and looks out the windows. Everything is amazing to him at this time. Before we leave, we tell him “Maverick, do you want to go for a ride?” When he hears the magic word “RIDE”, he perks up and literally jumps up and down with joy. When we get his leash on, he makes a bee-line straight for the car half pulling us there. He knows that when he accompanies us, there’s usually treats involved along with a walk outside.
Reading through this passage in Psalms, it occurred to me that most of his life is spent with us inside of our home. When he gets to go for a ride, he gets to glimpse and experience something exciting and new. For him, it’s something to look forward to. Many mornings, I’m woken up by a gentle nuzzle or lick on my ankle or foot telling me that he needs to go outside. Every once in awhile, this happens before the sun is up and Maverick and I stand out in the darkness. Unless it’s cloudy, I always find myself looking up at the incredible display of moon, stars and planets hanging there in the sky. Often times Maverick will be done and ready to go back inside and there I am staring at the sky like I’m expecting something.
The thing is though… I am expecting something. When my life is done, I expect to be with my Savior and the One who put such beauty in the sky. Just as our little dog Maverick looks forward to getting away with his master, I look forward one day to getting away from this fallen world and be with my Savior, my Master, and my Lord.