I am my dog’s favorite. It’s true…just ask my hubby. Hughie, our porky little yorkie, is infatuated with me. Whenever I am home he is always by my side. When I am behind a closed door, he waits for me by the door…I can hear him sniffing under the door and whining for me. When I am gone from the house, he will often wander around looking for me. No matter where he is, or whose lap he is on, when I sit down he will prefer my lap. He is perfectly content to sit on someone else’s lap, as long as he can still see me across the room.
I could go on forever with a long list of evidences that I am his favorite, so it is strikingly odd that there is any situation in which he would show preference to someone else, but he does. As a rule, we have never shared our bed with our dog. Somehow, this past year, we weakened and Hughie now thinks sleeping in our bed is an acceptable routine. It began with him innocently sleeping at the foot of our bed, but these days that is just where he starts his night.
Every night, not long after the lights are off, we hear him padding along the bedding on his way to Scott’s side of the bed. He roots, and scratches around until he has made a nice little nook against the back of Scott’s knees. Scott will feel the weight of the dog’s tiny torso against legs as Hughie curls into a tight little ball, lets out a burp/sigh and then proceeds to snore. Yep, apparently I am his favorite…EXCEPT when he wants to really find rest. Last night we laughed as Hughie carried out his odd nightly routine, but I get it. Scott is warm, strong and unmoving as he sleeps. I understand why he would want to snuggle up to him for true rest.
We all desire a place to find true rest. There are times when we need shelter or an anchor from the world and its storms. When I am tired, when it is dark, when I have exhausted all my own strength, I seek out my unshakable, unwavering God. I snuggle up to Him through His Word, surround myself with His creation, and relax in knowing His grace towards me. There is nothing I desire more than to be near Him and know Him. In this I find true rest. He is my favorite.
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. For He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God…” (Psalm 62:5-7)