17 April 2012

Approved

Just tell me that you love me, okay?
Just tell me that I make you happy.

Yes, I love you, good girl.
Can't you tell from the way I stroke you
or the way I scratch behind your ears?

The pleading eyes betray a questioning heart.

Are you sure I'm okay?
Have I done anything to displease you?
I mean I know you tell me over and over again
but.... but...
can you tell me again?
Do you love me?  Do you?

Yes, I love you.
How many times must I tell you?

I think I understand my dog so well because I ask the same questions. Yes, that is hard to admit. Even harder to admit is that while my head knows I need only the nod of my Master I still find myself seeking approval from others.  I look for a scratch behind the ears from my husband, a pat on the head from a friend, comments from blog readers.

And my Father weeps.  And the heart of my Savior breaks again.  And the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit cracks with disappointment.

Are We not enough?

Ouch!

With heart repentant I stand before Him, the One Who stamped my life with His blood, once for all time.

Approved.

Help me to remember Lord, as again you heal this fragile heart in ways that only You can.



Joining Peter and the gang as we share about the word approved.



 

7 comments:

Lisa notes... said...

"with heart repentant"
That is me, too. How often I must break the Lord's heart with my doubts... Oh, for greater faith. I believe; help my unbelief.

Carol said...

Oh, so true. So often I look for thanks, or to be noticed.

At a morning Bible study we were discussing the servant example of Jesus. We need only to turn to the Lord and ask Him to guide us.

It is a daily exercise to follow Jesus. God's approval is a gift.

Amy Nabors said...

So true. My word for this year is sufficient as God is teaching me He is enough. Great post.

Mari-Anna @flowingfaith said...

How wonderful it is that our Heavenly Father is patient with us. We really do ask the same questions over and over again. May we all learn to trust God and bask in his loving grace! Thank you! BLESSINGS!

caryjo said...

I loved this!!! I never thought of the desire to have my head patted and ears scratched just to feel loved and accepted and approved. But, you know, I'm sure it's true!! Now I'll have to keep an eye out for this, and turn myself to the Lord only.

Actually, while typing this it reminded me of something from years ago. In a book by Watchman Nee [I think], it was said that when he was thanked and praised for what he was doing, he would bow his head so the blessing would pass over his head and into the heart of the Lord. [This is probably a bit inaccurate; haven't seen it for so long.] My husband does the same thing when he's been playing his piano or speaking and is applauded. He always says that he's no more than Balaam's donkey, no better than that unless the Lord is acting through him.

Good to remember!

A Joyful Noise said...

Found you today at the One Word Carnival.
Oh our dogs must repeatedly gather approval from us. I suppose we are like that with the Lord too.
How am I doing God? Did you like what I did? What else can I do to please you? :-)

Nancy Franson said...

I know those questions all to well myself.

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