Monday, November 17, 2008

Who is really faithful?

Richard Gere is making a movie about Hachiko, the famous Akita dog from Japan. Hachiko was an extremely loyal dog who lost his owner at the age of 2. The owner died of a heart attack while he was at work, so the dog never knew of his death. Every day for the rest of his life Hachiko sat in front of Shibuya Station in the late afternoon to early evening, waiting for the owner's return. Commuters soon caught on to what was happening and started feeding the dog and paying him attention. Hachiko died at the age of 11 and a statue was created in his honor. It is now the most popular meeting spot in Tokyo.

A dog doesn't care if you're rich or you're poor; give him your heart and he'll give you his.

Lamentations 3:21-33
But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won't ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.


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