I am a creature of routine and habit. Every morning I grab a cup of coffee, sit in the same spot, and read a devotional and the Bible In A Year plan on the Bible app. Afterwards I journal and pray. Then I start the rest of my day. It is comfortable and familiar.
But sometimes it is not effective. Many times, once I open my laptop and start talking with customers, I completely forget the conversation that I had with the Father this morning. I forget about the awakening that I felt regarding some verse or issue or prayer.
Most often, I forget about the request that went unanswered. The desire for more that I left on the altar and walked away from. Did I ever really believe that He was going to answer that one anyway?
Our Yorkie, Peanut, is also a creature of habit. Every morning he comes downstairs and does spins on the floor until I let him out. If I seem to be ignoring him, he will perhaps bark or put his front paws on the edge of the couch and scratch, just in case I didn’t hear the bark.
After he comes back in, he then walks over to his food dish and verifies that it has both food and water to supply him for the day. If it doesn’t, he spins, barks, and scratches his nails across the empty metal bowls to secure my attention. Then he will just sit by the bowl and wait. If I don’t respond in a few minutes, he will repeat the process, and wait. He repeatedly does this until I finally put down my bible and coffee, and fill the bowls.
In Psalm 5:3 David writes “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly“.
David acknowledges that the Lord hears his prayer. He acknowledges that he brings his prayers before him daily. And then he waits…expectantly. David knows that God is going to hear and answer. His faith motivates him to wait. Just as Peanut knows that I will feed him, and this knowledge motivates him to wait. And when he grows tired of waiting, he asks again. And waits. He believes that I will answer.
There is an old adage that says “I want to be the kind of person that my dog thinks I am”.
Perhaps to that I could add “I want to believe that God is the kind of person my dog thinks I am…and So Much More“.