My Dog Ate a Sock

Published on Aug 5th, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
My Dog Ate a Sock

My Dog Ate a Sock

My wife woke up on the right side of the bed this morning.  She cheerfully went downstairs to let our new puppy out of its crate and discovered that our cute new puppy had vomited in his cage.  Upon further examination, she discovered that the reason for this gruesome act was that he had eaten a sock.  Her sock.  Now, what possesses a dog to completely eat a sock, I will never know, but I now know that it does not sit well with his stomach.  This whole situation bothers me on so many levels.  Not the least being that the vet and the store clerk have sold us on the idea that we must buy this high-level feed for our dog that contains all meat and no meat byproducts.  Of course, we must pay all this money for all-meat dog food while our dog prefers to eat socks!  The real killer is that we must now make double sure that we pick up our socks because our dog will probably go ahead and eat another sock if we let him.  Dogs do that kind of thing.

Hear the Word of the Lord, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” Prov 26:11.  Can you believe that is the Bible?  I got in a little trouble the other day because I mentioned from the pulpit that trucks use artificial bull urine to help clean their emissions and God speaks about a dog returning to his vomit.  But, what a great description.  I will not expound on the illustration but it sure gets the point across.  We often play the fool in our lives by continually repeating the same foolish sins and choices.  God cuts us to the bone by describing how he sees this kind of foolishness.  We would look at our dog returning to his vomit and be disgusted.  How foolish that dog is to return and believe that he can gain something from his actions?  How foolish are we to believe that we can continue to make foolish choices and believe that, somehow, the outcome will be good this time?

Now I know that this discussion may not be the most encouraging but I found great encouragement this morning.  As I came down to greet the morning, this whole episode was behind us (I know, I wimped out).  So what do I do when I see my puppy?  I grabbed him behind the back of the ears, as I always do, and gave him a great little rub down and asked him if his stomach was feeling better.  As I scratched him, I gave him a lecture about eating socks (which I am sure he understood) and I smiled and felt great compassion for him.  He might have eaten a sock but he was still my dog.  How much more compassion, love, and grace does God bestow on me even when I act the fool?  Our God is an amazing God whose love never ceases to overcome my sin.

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