Something you may not know about me is that I am a dog person. I am a sucker for dogs, especially puppies! I have to be supervised anytime we go anywhere that dogs are being adopted. That’s why a recent story that came across my Facebook feed about a veterinarian in Georgia grabbed my attention.
Dr. Andy Mathis works in Elberton, Ga. Graycie was a stray that was brought into him. He thought she would probably have to be put down, she was severely underweight and in a lot of pain. She was terrified of people and wouldn’t eat. There was a video of Dr. Mathis getting in the kennel with Graycie. He had put his breakfast into a bowl just like hers. He started eating his breakfast and then put her bowl in front of her. Because he was there with her, modeling what he expected her to do, and encouraging her, she began to eat. In time, Graycie gained weight and became a happy, healthy dog.
I think this is a great analogy for God’s love for us as shown in Jesus Christ. God knew what we needed to live an abundant life. God could tell us over and over again, but we just wouldn’t listen. Just as Dr. Mathis got into Graycie’s kennel, through the incarnation of Christ, God became human and came into our world. Just as Dr. Mathis knew the best way to reach Graycie was to be present with her and meet her where she was, Christ is Immanuel, “God with us” and comes to us wherever we may find ourselves.
That is why we follow Christ. In Christ, God’s love became human. In Christ, God dwelled with us to show us a better way. In Christ, God gives us abundant life.
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”