The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods (Psalm 16:4a).
It’s fun to mess with my dog’s head.
I pick up one of her toys–any toy will do–and hold it out to her. She immediately sees this item as the most important thing in her puppyverse and goes after it with all her strength.
A tug of war ensues.
Then, I hold up a different toy.
Without hesitation, the pup will drop the first toy, this toy that was her entire world, and dive after the second, to which she will hold with equal ferocity until I show her a third.
And so on.
The whole thing is tremendously entertaining, when we’re talking about dogs.
Less so when we’re talking about people.
You see, at some point I will end the game, the pup will ultimately be satisfied with one of the toys, and there will be puppy-level contentment.
Perhaps that’s because golden retrievers don’t need redemption.
For you and me, Beloved, the squeaky balls and stuffed ducks of the world will never be enough. Chasing them will only highlight the emptiness.
Happy Tuesday, Beloved