My Katie girl! This is what I say all of the time to my 2 year old Lab. This Katie is the second Katie Lab that I have had. The first was several years ago when my wife surprised me with a 6 week old pup for Christmas. She was absolutely beautiful. I had her with me every time we went to feed cattle, walk in the woods, or just work in the flower bed. I loved to watch her jump into the pond and swim no matter the temperature. Labs are called water dogs for a reason. I enrolled Katie in an obedience school right away where we went every Monday for months. Katie was a wonderful dog. She was beautiful, a quick learner, and ready to please.
Katie #2 came to me in a much different way. We live out in the country. Many town people, when tired of pups in the young stage when they tear up anything in sight decide to get rid of them. Many just come to the country to unload them. They find what looks like a nice place and drop them off. Katie was one of these dropped off dogs about 18 months ago. She was so pretty at first sight. Her disposition was so sweet. Her face told you that she wanted to stay. We really weren’t looking for another dog but who could resist her; so we adopted her. I tried thinking of a good name for her, but Katie just stuck in my mind. For some reason I love that name. She reminded me so much of Katie #1. She has worked out to be an excellent dog. Now I have another friend when I go to the pasture and I love to watch her romp and play and swim. She is always ready to please and play as well. Katie is pretty obedient but still learning. She truly is a gift from God.
Both Katie girls remind me of some things taught in Scripture. First, as both Katie’s had to learn obedience, so do believers. The moment Christ saved us, He didn’t expect for us to know it all and be perfect. From the moment we believed, and became new creatures in Him, He began to teach us, little by little. We don’t always listen, but He is so patient and merciful and long suffering and gracious. This teaching from Him will go on for the rest of our earthly lives. And the learning will never stop until we are with Him in Heaven. My motivation every day is to try to be a good learner of my Master’s teaching. Just as my Katies learned from me, I am to learn from Him.
Another thing I am reminded of with both Katies is that we allowed them to come live with us. We adopted them into our family. Again, I am reminded in Scripture that all who believe in Him have been adopted into His family. What a royal privilege we have, to have the very God of Heaven invite us into His family. He didn’t invite me because I was good, or had anything to offer, but because He set His love upon me. What a humbling, and yet, glorious thought! Being adopted by God means I have new rights. I have become His heir. This gives me some standing now with God. I now have a new name. I am now a child of God. My protection is now His concern, not mine. He cares for my every need. My relationship has also changed. Instead of fearing God as Judge, He is now my Father. I am now His son and I am loved by Him. I am His, and He is mine. He wants the best for me. And because I have such gratitude for what He has done for me, I am more than willing to learn more of Him. My utmost desire is to please Him. Even though I’m not perfect, He puts up with me any way.
What a lesson from my two Katies. What a lesson for us to cherish. The next time you look upon your dog, I hope that you are reminded of all that we have in Christ. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have another Katie girl and more lessons to learn from my Master.