I confess that I am not a dog person at all. But when I was sick recently, almost every get-well card I received had a dog on it, and my assistant kindly sent me a porcelain dog figurine. So I got to wondering if God was trying to tell me something.
I firmly believe that he was not telling me to get a dog, but I am fully convinced that he was sending me a message of comfort.
Oddly enough, as you may already be aware, there is a well-established program called K-9 Comfort Dogs which trains and sends dogs to bring comfort to those who are going through a crisis of some kind. You can check out their wonderful work at this website:
But as good as comfort from a dog is, comfort from God our Father is even greater:
In Isaiah 40:1 we read, “Comfort, comfort ye my people, saith your God.”
In his time on earth, our Savior assured us of his comfort, too:
”I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you,” Jesus says in John 14:18
And we hear this about the Holy Spirit in John 14:26:
“The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things.”
The wonderful thing about this comfort we receive from our triune God is that we have the privilege of passing it on:
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
We may not have a Comfort Dog, but we always have a Comfort God!