Have you ever seen a dog trying to lie down comfortably on a blanket? It usually involves scratching and turning, and more scratching and turning. At some stage he would lie down for a while, but then get up again to repeat the process over and over. He is usually frustrated with his need to settle. Only when human hands get involved the dog can really get comfortable, with help the blanket gets straightened and can cover him up, to get settled and fall asleep.
This image reminds me of so many of us trying to find our place in this world, a perfect spot of significance to make sense of this life. The perfect spot to lie down and be content and peaceful. It is very unlikely to find any person on this earth who is not searching for some level of significance. The big problem is that we, like the dog, do not have all the skills and knowledge to get there ourselves. We find moments and glances of clarity and relief, when we just know: “Right here is where I need to be.” At times we might see that place clearly, but to get settled in and find our peace on that spot seems almost impossible.
I would like to encourage you today by testifying that I have seen and experienced how the all-capable hands of God comes and settle His people in their spot. Definite scratching and turning is always involved, but when someone live near God, He really wants to settle and cover his child up. Just like the human, who loves his dog and wants to help him.
The heading for this blog might have intrigued you in some way, right? You might ask what dogs and blankets have to do with heaven?
Well, since the absolute uncertainty of the pandemic, I can’t stop wondering about those who have not found their spot. Those who do not have the loving hands covering them up to assure them that everything is going to be OK…
Living with no hope, or in absolute fear is utterly exhausting.
Many do find peace under their blankets and it is because of absolute knowing that this life is not the end all and the be all. Heaven is real, there is gloriousness awaiting. God’s eternal promise gives peace and hope, and even joy in the most unnerving times.
Are you the one who found your spot but persist to scratch? Let the loving hands of our Godly Father cover you. He will, He wants to …
Are you the one utterly against the idea of eternity and refuse to be subject to false hope? My friend you have nothing to lose, just think about it. Explore Jesus and everything He stands for. Just understanding what He did on earth might clear up so many things for you.
He has cleared up so many things for me in my life. He is my eternity, it’s not just an idea.
Today I pray that your peace and significance may come swiftly and help you settle.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Written by Johanni Meiring
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