“Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?” –Psalm 144:3
One day I pulled a thorn out of Lexi’s paw while we were on our walk. I was reminded of Aesop’s fable “Androcles and the Lion,” in which a runaway slave named Androcles pulls a thorn from a lion’s paw and wins the lion’s gratitude and loyalty. Later both Androcles and the lion are captured, and Androcles is sentenced to be thrown into the arena to fight a wild animal. But the animal proves to be the lion he rescued. Instead of attacking Androcles, the lion licks his hands like a faithful dog. I know that my care for Lexi inspires her gratitude and loyalty. Likewise, God’s care for us should inspire our gratitude and trust. Too often we blame God, saying, “Why did you let me step on this thorn?” when we are the ones—like Lexi—who charged into the thorn bushes. Instead, we should be thankful that God removes the thorns and binds up our hurts. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” What are human beings that he cares for us? We are grateful.
Dear God, Inspire me to be grateful for your care for me. Amen