Two weeks ago, a family from church gifted us with two bunnies. Never having owned a rabbit in my life before, I have found this new experience delightful. I never imagined that bunnies have personalities! It has been such fun watching them explore our house; they are wonderfully curious. We named them Moon and Stefano.
As usual, Daddy God turned this happening in our household into an opportunity to show me something. For those who have ears to hear (i.e., a listening heart), He is ever so talkative, ever speaking to us through the events of our lives.
A few minutes before I sat down to write this, I walked out to the area where we are keeping them. I took notice of a pattern that has been emerging. Moon seems to be more receptive to me than her brother bunny. When I quietly approach and reach out to her, she reciprocates. She comes near too, wiggling her nose inquisitively. She pauses for me to stroke her soft head and back, relaxing into my touch. Stefano, on the other hand, has not warmed up to me the same way. He generally moves away from me when I try to make a friendly approach.
As I observed that difference this afternoon, Holy Spirit pointed out to me the subtle impact it has on my heart. Automatically, I am forming a sense of extra emotional warmth towards Moon. In her little bunny way, she has added joy to my day by acting pleased to see me. In contrast, Stefano has endeared himself to me less. Rebuffing my persistent, gentle attempts does not lend itself to currying my heart warmth.
Here is the spiritual lesson. If a little bunny can bring a degree of pleasure to my soul by responding to me, how much more can you and I bring pleasure to our Father’s heart! We are created in His image. We respond to love because He responds to love. He made us to be the way He is. He made us to respond the way He responds. Do you get joy when someone you love (even your pet!) responds lovingly to you? Multiply that by an immeasurable amount, and that is what happens to our Daddy’s heart when we respond to His affection.
When you look His way with love, His heart lights up. Today, you have the opportunity to bring Him pleasure by simply responding to Him. He created you for Him. No one else alive today, or alive ever, can bring Him joy in the unique way that you can. Will you love on Him today?
Is there an animal in your life that you are attached to? Has the Lord used your pet to speak something special to your heart?