I’m back in Bellevue at my usual dog sitting gig. I love getting to take care of these three dogs because they’re so very docile and gentle. They are no trouble at all to look after.
One in particular lets me come up to her and pet her head. That may not seem like much, but I remember vividly when this dog wouldn’t let me anywhere near her. She was terrified of me, probably due to a past history of abuse before she was rescued.
It took time for me to earn her trust. It took patience to get her to let her guard down. Now she likes me.
Sometimes people are like that. You have to earn the right to speak into their lives by actively listening to their stories and not just waiting for your turn to talk. You have to make time to listen to show them that who they are and what they have to say matters.
We’re most like God when we love those who are the least worth loving because that’s how we were when God first loved us.