Are you smarter than a dog?
A few weeks ago our son’s dog left home on Sunday morning and did not return. They searched the neighborhood and checked with the Humane Society of Union County but found no sign of their dog. The same weekend someone broke into my son’s work trailer and stole several thousand dollars worth of tools.
The dog is a very good family pet and loved by the kids. My son would often take the dog with him and stop at McDonald’s and buy him a sausage patty. But time got rough this summer so he quit buying the dog his sausage patty.
About five days later, my son was talking to the Madison County sheriff about the stolen tools — stolen on the job in Madison County. At the end of the conversation he mentioned something about his dog being lost. The sheriff said — wait a minute — and called the Madison County Humane Society. They had a dog that matched the description of their dog.
They hustled down to the Humane Society to check it out. Sure enough it was their dog. When inquiring about where they found him, she was picked on Sunday evening wandering around the McDonald’s in Plain City looking for a sausage patty?
Smart dog or dumb dog? The dog had plenty of good food to eat at home but would rather go for a McPatty. Due to his escapade, he ended up behind bars. He can be thankful his master loved him enough to seek after him or he could have ended up losing his life.
A lot of humans are not any smarter than that dog. God offers us — Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? (Isaiah 55:1-2).
God offers earthlings heavenly food for free but so many would rather run after a “McEarth baloney patty” and find themselves wandering around earth’s eateries and bars but never finding anything that truly satisfies. God is still seeking after the lost inviting all those who labor and are heavy laden to come to him. He will give them rest and food that satisfies. (Matthew 11:28; John 6:27; Revelations 22:17).
Starting Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. I will begin a study on the life of Daniel. It delineates the “Times of the Gentiles.”
Are things are going to get better, as our politicians promise, or are there hard times ahead. What does the Bible have to say about our times?
Come and find out. God loves and so do we.
Maranatha. (Maranatha means, “Our Lord Cometh.”)
The Rev. Elton Yutzy is the associate pastor of the Maranatha Community Fellowship Church in Plain City. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.