I had a date this morning with someone who loves me even when I hide my bed head under a knit cap and am sporting a lanyard with a container holding poop bags at the end. Yep, my date was with our dog, Jacob, or Jake.
Jake gets so excited when I first take the leash off the hook, but then it becomes a wrestling match to ease his rather large German Shepherd nose into his Halti® collar. Once that’s on, he sprints for the door and we’re off to walk and explore and stop frequently for sniffing and tracking goodness-knows-what!
I just can’t help but wonder what Jake is thinking with his nose to the ground, through the park, past the courthouse and the library, barely looking at the people we pass by, not a care in the world.
He gets timid on the bridges if there’s a lot of traffic, something that reminds me of his puppy days. Jake keeps turning and looking to make sure I’ve got things under control. Don’t worry, Jake, I’ll keep you safe.
This morning, we arrive back at the house after a very short walk and I think, let’s go around the block once before we head inside. Jake looks at me like I’m nuts when we walk past the yard and our front steps, but he keeps on walking with me. We take the sidewalk near the house up to the driveway and then the funniest thing happens. When we get to the end of the sidewalk by the driveway, Jake just stops and sits. He’s not going another step and he gives me that famous death stare. He’s done. The walk is finished, and he wants to go home. So today I decide, that’s enough. Let’s go home. And we walk back down the sidewalk and then he practically sprints up our porch steps.
I don’t have a scripture quote that goes along with dog walking today, friends, but walking with my dog has led me to a talk with God this morning. I’m reminded that I, too, must take time on the daily travels of life to stop and notice, to taste and see the Goodness of the LORD. When I’m timid or uncertain or downright terrified, I’m not alone. Don’t worry, Kris. I’ll keep you safe. And somedays being home is better than wandering aimlessly.