Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; Proverbs 27:23
I am certainly thankful that the Lord sent His Holy Spirit to be with us always – to comfort, guide, and even giving us those taps on the shoulders when we are about to say or do something we shouldn’t. Sometimes, however, we need an earthly comfort. A warm and fuzzy hug or a big sloppy kiss. And that’s why I’m so very thankful God gifted us with pets.
There’s no clear answer as to when we humans started domesticating animals. Some say the beginning of the 5th millennium BC, while others think it was a bit later in that millennium. But no matter, we can know it was a long time ago we became shepherds and farmers. It’s thought that dogs became our companions around 27,000 years ago! The oldest known dog remains were found in the Americas and are dated to approximately 17,000 years ago. We’ve certainly have had a long term love affair with our pets!
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 2 Samuel 12:1-3
Now, while this verse is a rebuking lesson for David from the prophet Nathan, it also shows us a glimpse into the everyday life of the people – ones who loved their pet companions. I can also imagine the shepherds who received the message of Jesus’ birth with their faithful sheep dogs by their sides that fateful night.
I’ve been blessed with two dogs, a few cats, some fish and even a few hermit crabs. My dog right now, Tucker, brings me so much laughter and joy. Don’t we all need someone in our lives that, when we come home after a long day, jumps for joy and begs to cuddle with them? I thank God for this companionship and the love so many of us throughout the ages have received from our furry friends.