It’s the day before Easter Sunday, 2019, and I took Chanel for a walk. I’m very fond of Chanel, although she belongs to my good friend Mary Ann. She’s a Morkie, which is a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkie. A really pretty dog – she’s small like a puppy but she’s not young like a puppy anymore.
Chanel makes me think about love. There is no question she loves me, and this makes me feel good. When I approach her after being absent, her tail wags like crazy and her eyes light up. Is she thinking about the joy and comfort of our personal relationship? Do I wag my tail when I meet other people, even strangers?
During our walk this morning, Chanel reminded me of how much she appreciates exploring the world. She’s sniffing the ground plus the wafting air currents continually, and maybe her nose perceives a “picture” of the world perhaps like my eyes perceive a visual picture. Maybe Chanel is bimodal and sees a visual and an olfactory perception of the world. It made me remember that I’m bimodal also: with a spiritual perception, as well as a natural one. The spiritual one is acute right now, because its Easter – and I want to continually explore and grow in this realm.
The grass was heavy with dew and Chanel’s feet got dirty on the walk. When we returned, I had to wash her feet, which she didn’t like, but resisted only momentarily. Does she understand what’s best? Probably not, but she submits. It made me think that when my hands or feet get dirty, do I resist or submit when God tells me they need to be washed?
Last, I have observed Mary Ann’s love for Chanel. It’s an amazing love and has all the evidence of an unconditional love. Is it possible that God loves me as much as Mary Ann loves Chanel?
The flip-side is that Mary Ann, who has suffered intense pain for many years, needs Chanel’s presence and love. Chanel provides immense comfort, and is always expressing her love toward Mary Ann. Surely I can act more like Chanel toward others who need hope: a more innocent love, less judgmental, less conditional, more compassionate.
To me, Easter is special because it represents the second great act of God’s love. And my Easter walk this morning inspires me to reach out in love to help others – like Chanel does – like Jesus did.
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