My buddy Curtis stopped in a coffee shop. As he got out of his truck, he saw a “mop” dog. I don’t know the real name, you know, the dogs that have hair in dreadlocks like Bob Marley.
Curtis was intrigued. As he stood waiting for his coffee, he thought how great it would be to pet that dog and run his hands through the mop to feel what it was like.
As he headed out of the shop, the dog was sitting in front of the door. As soon as Curtis touched the door handle, the dog turned and faced him.
She came over to Curtis as if to say, “You want to pet me, don’t you? Well, have at it. I’ll even roll over on my back so you can scratch my tummy.”
The dog’s owner stood down the street with her arms extended the full length of the retractable leash. When she saw Curtis petting her dog, she asked: “Did you think about petting her just a minute ago?”
Curtis said, “Well, yes, I did. I’ve never felt hair on a dog like that before. I’ve always wanted to.”
The lady said, “She knew. She has a telepathic sense. She knows what people are thinking.”
When Curtis shared the story with me, I told him the dog was not telepathic. She was just sensitive to the Holy Spirit. God whispered in her ear: “I want you to make his day.”
Think about it. If you knew your child wanted to pet a dog, wouldn’t you make it happen? How audacious of us to think our heavenly Father doesn’t love us like that.
To tell the truth, He loves us a gazillion times more than we love our own children. Can’t even imagine that, can you?
Today, ask God to allow you to see what He sees when He looks at you. A glimpse of you through His eyes of love will transform your life forever. You are His favorite.
Kenny Ashley is pastor of The Journey at Lake Wylie.