None of us likes certain kinds of change. Our old dog that has been in the family 16 or 17 years is nearing death, his name is Rounder and it is a change I don’t like.
I know I’ll miss his bark, his jumping up and down every time I brought a treat to his kennel. I’ll miss the way he always kept his eye on me while I was feeding the other dogs. I got to see and feed him every day and pet on him. I’ll miss our walks. I’ll just miss him. I’ll tell you something that I remember about him.
On one of our walks about eight years ago when it was such a dry summer, we was walking on a house seat on a little hill beside our house. It was a very dry time and everything was dried up and Rounder started walking up this ditch sniffing and all of a sudden he started digging and dug a small hole with a little mound of dirt around it.
Well, the next day it had a little pool of water in it and he got a drink and did for many times up to last summer. That little place always had water in it and it still does. Rounder must have had a good nose to smell that water.
Many of you have special pets and know what I’m saying. He didn’t ask for much but gave us all he had. I’ll stop there because it’s hard to say much more. Life and death are a part of life that shows us change. I know God can bring life out of death. The death of one thing can be the beginning of life for another. God’s Son Jesus died so you could live.
We all need to change our ways at one point and started going God’s way. The change would do many so good. Die to the old self and live in the Lord. Even a dog teaches us that change is something we all have to do and face.
Some of us could learn from a dog. Love your master, because that master will love you, feed you and care for you till you die. Maybe God’s got his eye on you, neighbor. Maybe you need to walk with him and let him feed you daily. There are angels ready to rejoice if you come to Christ. What a good change that would be. There’s a place for you with us in the Lord‘s church. Are you ready for a change?