Our house has a covered patio and deep eaves, but when we leave Daisy, our precious dog, outside and it rains while we are gone, she never seems to understand to go where it is dry. You may deduce that she is just a dog, too dumb to get out of the rain.
That is what I thought for many years, too. Then it dawned on me. She is so optimistic that we will let her in, that she stands at the door, putting up with the rain. Why wait over there when we could be opening the door any second now? She seems so happy to see us when we arrive. She wiggles all over, and smiles her broad doggie smile, not at all mad that we made her wait in a downpour. She patiently lets us dry her off with a towel and she trots to the kitchen for a snack.
Isn’t that like Jesus? He stands in the rain, waiting for us. He died on the cross, waiting for us. He doesn’t want to get too far – we might be opening the door to our hearts any second now.
And can’t you just imagine how thrilled Jesus is when we finally let him in? He’s not angry that we made him wait, he’s just so happy to see us. We offer him a towel to dry off and he smiles, patiently offering us eternal life. It’s a lopsided deal guaranteed to make us smile. We are the ones who can wiggle all over with joy – our Master has come to take care of us.