Our dog, Tucker, loves to be near us. But if we are on the move and he isn’t quite sure what’s happening he sits in the entryway directly in front of the main door to the home. I’m not absolutely sure why he does this because when I ask he doesn’t answer but I can guess. If he deposits himself in the way of the only point of egress we can’t do anything without taking care of him. It’s like he is saying:
“Don’t forget me.”
“Take me with you.”
He will sit there patiently waiting a VERY long time.
As I observed him the most recent time he did this I was struck by his innocence, conviction, tenacity and patience. His actions preached to me so to speak.
And I thought of two scriptures. Mark 7:24-30 and Genesis 32:22-30. Let me see if I can link them together for us.
In the first passage of scripture a pagan woman hears that Jesus is around and goes to him to ask him to heal her daughter. Jesus is tough on her, explaining his mission in not so complimentary terms. She is equally as tough and desperate and ‘gets it’. BUT she doesn’t move. She stays right where she is. Kind of like a dog in a doorway. And Jesus applauds her faith and heals her daughter!
In the second story we see an equivalent measure of tenacity. Jacob has lived a life of deception. Constantly trying to stay ‘one up’ and on the run. BUT this night something is different. He is heading home to an uncertain reception. And he gets in a fight with ‘a man’ we learn is God in flesh. He will not let go until the man blesses him. It’s like he knows that everything can truly be different if he sees the wrestling match to the end. There is SO much in this story that preaches to me but for the purposes of todays’ point it’s the reality that God blessed Jacob! It’s a life-altering encounter that was experienced because Jacob would not leave that place. He was like a dog in a doorway.
Endurance is a constant theme in scripture because life is hard and shockingly unpredictable and we are prone to give in or give up too quickly. Sisters, let’s be innocent, and convinced and tenacious.
Like a dog in a doorway.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~Hebrews 12:1-3