Once upon a time in a land far far away there lived a little dog named Shiloh. He was a happy dog who loved car rides and belly scratches. When left alone he suffered from anxiety and would chew things including and not limited to dumping the trash and spreading it around the house. So the master of the dog kept him close by his side. He made sure to talk to Shiloh often and reassure him that, he, the master, would never be too far away.
The master feeds the dog the same food almost every day. He doesn’t clothe the dog as the dog wears the same coat every single day. Yet the dog doesn’t care; he is happiest when the master is home and doesn’t fuss about such things as food or clothes.
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” Matthew 6:26-34
As in Matthew, so here too, you are to the master even more than a dog. He cares for you. “…you count far more to Him than…” dogs.
you are LOVED,