"Jesus said, 'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away-- and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.'"Two connections drawn were about how dogs listen for their master's voice, and how they also know that their master will take care of them to the end.
We also are cared for and sought after by Jesus who will always be there even when we go astray.
If only we would listen for His voice instead of running around with our noses to the ground chasing after every fresh scent.
Since we are on the subject, and since I have never run away from a chance to tell a good dog story, let me share one as well.
Our family's first dog was what some might call an easily excited barking dog, the kind that we had to restrain whenever the mailman approached or when a stranger, especially the bug man, crossed the threshold. He hated the bug man!
Is it better to sleep securely, knowing that you are well protected but might be awoken at any time, or to sleep soundly, uninterrupted but less secure in the knowledge that something or someone is watching over you?
I pity those who do not sleep with the faith, comfort, and security that they have from a Savior watching over them.