I thought occurred to me a while back that God has left a whole lot of metaphors scattered about our world. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if absolutely everything in this world was an intentional metaphor for something far more worthwhile in eternity. So I thought about dogs. I like dogs, I always have. And I wondered if our relationship with dogs was a metaphor for something. The relationship between a husband and wife is a metaphor for the relationship between Christ and the Church, so why not. The more I thought about it, and the more I watched our dogs, the more it became obvious to me that I was watching an illustration of God’s relation to us as individuals. It made sense.
In the New Testament the most common Greek word for worship is προσκυνέω or proskuneo, which is said to mean “to lick the hand” as a dog licks his master’s hand. (The word for dog in Greek is κύων or kuon). So I paid attention to what our dogs did, and I saw very accurate illustrations of what I did, but as it would seem from God’s eyes. They did things I tried to keep them from doing and were clueless why I didn’t want them to do it, and it was pretty much impossible to get them to comprehend the real reason. Sound familiar?
So each day I will try to write about what God has taught me through our dogs. And hopefully if you keep up, you’ll not only learn, too, but also develop a deeper love and appreciation for dogs.