But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45 ESV)
Forlorn, Mona, my little black terrier, struggled in the downpour. She kept looking at me through the sliding glass doors, her sad face seeming to say, ‘Gee mom, can’t you do something about this rain?’
It was a cold, miserable day . . . and she was not at all happy about having to be outside to do her business. Still, she circled and circled about, sniffing and trying to find just the right spot. My compassion soon turned to impatience as I waited for her to return to the house (we live on the side of a mountain with wildlife so I don’t dare leave her unprotected).
Finally satisfied that she had found the perfect quarter foot to squat, she again turned her eyes towards me, squinting through the dampness. I readied the towel to welcome her and my compassion returned.
Having stood back to give her room to shake, I now squatted down and gave her a quick rub down, muttering to her that, ‘the rain falls on the just and on the unjust’ but the spiritual reference was lost on her. She was ecstatic and full of joy . . . after all, she was inside now, there was a treat waiting . . . and she had already forgotten about her plight.
Hmmmmm . . .
I’m convinced that God gave us dogs to teach us things, because my mutt does constantly. Mona turned her thoughts immediately to her anticipated treat, putting the dampness behind her and fully embracing the blessings of the present.
Ladies, life’s not fair. It’s just not. We will have enemies and we will be persecuted. And, we’ll get rained on right alongside the unjust ones. But, the sun will rise, giving us a new day full of promise.
Lord, help us today to shake off our pasts, rub out the hurts and keep our eyes on our eternal prize.