I’m not really a pet person. I don’t necessarily dislike pets or animals in general, but I’m very content to live without a pet. Even then, there was something about this dog story that drew me in.
The story goes that a 7-year old German shepherd in Italy named Tommy used to accompany his owner Maria to church every day. Maria was faithful to go to pray every morning when the church bell rang, and Tommy joined her each time. Sadly, Tommy’s owner died late last year. Even though she is gone, apparently the German shepherd continues to show up every morning when the church bell rings. While I would not go so far as to say Tommy has become accustomed to prayer in the mornings and won’t miss it now, it is clear that this dog longs to be with his master.
Your alarm clock rings most mornings, just like that church bell in Italy rings every morning. When it rings, do you immediately long to be with your Master? The psalmist said, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)
Whether one admits it or not, each of us has a yearning within to worship. The Eternal God is worthy of our worship and praise. Wake up each day with a desire to worship and serve your Master.