back In her prime
I would walk the dog, feed and water the dog, let it off its chain in the morning and generally do all I could for it. Naturally this meant the dog became deeply devoted to my wife and practically ignored me. Now I know how God feels - he provides all this stuff for us and is largely ignored (unless something goes wrong) while we focus on what seem to be the more attractive options. Then again this is the traditional role of the father in the family isn't it? I remember #1 child saying to me at bedtime at around 6 years of age: "Do you know what the best thing is about you Dad?" At this point Dad's chest swells with pride - "which of my many sacrifices and attributes will my child recognise in this blazing moment of affirmation?" The answer: "The best thing about you is the sweet shop.Then the beach." Uh-huh. Fathers, invisible, unless you seem one day not to be there. Just like God.
It's really true how dogs can sense when you're sad. Once or twice when I'd plop onto the settee feeling like a waste of space after a day of discouragement she'd just sit in front of me looking up at me with genuine concern. I know dogs don't have facial expressions but somehow you could see the concern on her. I'm not a dog person but I do know that. It is easy to see though how these things are known as "man's best friend". I've come to agree with that old joke - I wish I could some day become as good a person as my dog thinks I am. The dog was always glad to see me even when I wasn't glad to see myself in the mirror.
So the little dog having no reason to care for me, preoccupied as it was with its adoration for my wife, would still show concern for me and was always happy to see me. At the other end of the scale, the great God also has concern for me and is always happy to see me. I have a similar question for both of them: "you are so small/huge, why do you take the time to care about me?"
Tom T. Hall's song Old dogs, children & watermelon wine has that line in it: "Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes".
Yes they do. Old dogs and God.