Conversation with a Pup

Hey, little buddy. Guess what? Your friend Miss Karen is coming by today. She’s coming here to see you! And she’s going to help me with something.

You know how we’ve been painting the walls? Well, now I have to paint above the cabinets. And I have to climb up there first and take some things down so I can paint.

I know how much you like jumping up on things. But I’m a little bit nervous about doing that by myself. So I asked Miss Karen to come by and keep an eye on me and make sure I don’t fall off the ladder.

I just need a little bit of extra help.

Not that you aren’t helping me already. You’re an amazing helper! You’re doing a great job of supervising me. And I know you could help me with this too. But she’s a little bit taller than me, so it would be easier for her to catch me if I fall.

But you’re still my number one helper. And I know if she didn’t come here, you could also help me if I fall. You’re so smart you could probably even push the buttons for 911 on the phone. And bark really loudly so they’d know I was in trouble.

So I know you could help me all by yourself.

But here’s the other thing, little buddy. You’re not really responsible for helping me. You don’t need to carry that burden. That’s Jesus’ job. You don’t need to carry all that weight. You let Him do that.

Now, you’re a great watch dog and a wonderful guard dog. You do your job really well. But remember your job is to alert your family when something is wrong. And then your family needs to ask Jesus to bring help. And you need to let Jesus take care of everybody, including you.

And He will take care of me while I’m climbing the ladder today. Even though Miss Karen is tall, and she can dial 911, really Jesus is the one who has to help me. He can send lots of angels to take care of me today.

That doesn’t mean you don’t do your job really well. You’re an amazing watch dog and you’re such a good friend. But you do your job and Jesus will do His job.

He made you to be a watch dog and a friend. So you just keep being exactly who He made you to be. And you tell Him when there’s a problem. And He will take care of all of us.

I love you, buddy!

Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson


Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at Adventures with God. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.