This afternon I drove by a dog obedience school. The marque read:

New Dogs

I have never had a dog. Is this commonplace? Do dogs normally go through an interview process to determine acceptance in to obedience school? Is the school afraid of wasting precious time on a dog that may be a lost cause?

I am so glad that I am not a dog!

It is common for me to struggle with obedience. Too common.

But I follow the greatest master of all! God. I do not even have to try to obey. God yeilds to me. God gives to me great care no matter when, how much, how little, or how many times I exercise disobedience.

Psalm 116
 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; 
       he heard my cry for mercy.
 2 Because he turned his ear to me, 
       I will call on him as long as I live.
 3 The cords of death entangled me, 
       the anguish of the grave [a] came upon me; 
       I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
 4 Then I called on the name of the LORD : 
       “O LORD, save me!”
 5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; 
       our God is full of compassion.
 6 The LORD protects the simplehearted; 
       when I was in great need, he saved me.
 7 Be at rest once more, O my soul, 
       for the LORD has been good to you.
 8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, 
       my eyes from tears, 
       my feet from stumbling,
 9 that I may walk before the LORD 
       in the land of the living.

And if that isn’t enough, God takes me, all of me–aside of my disobedience–and invites me to enter into rest and peace. And, to try (or learn) again.

Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

I am not a lost cause. Amen! Alleluia!!