"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!" (Isa. 49:15 NIV)
Champ was a pure-breed Collie what was given to
me by an aunt. He was such a cute, cuddly puppy! We had a kitten about
the same age as Champ, and they became the best of friends. Champ
quickly outgrew the kitty, but despite their difference in size, they
still played and had a great time together.
Champ had another love. He fell madly, head-over-heels in love with our tractor! Often Daddy would leave the tractor in the field over the week-end, and invariably Champ would go missing. It took awhile, but we finally learned that if the tractor was in the field, that is where we would find Champ as well. Rain, wind, heat - it didn't matter. Champ would be on duty, guarding 'his' tractor. No one asked him to be Secret Service to the Tractor, no one expected him to adopt the tractor as his special duty, but there he was.
When the time came to sell the equipment and quit farming, the people who bought the tractor also took Champ. He was happy - he still had his tractor.
Maybe Champ's affection was misplaced, but it makes me think. Jesus asked if a mother would forget her child. Then he went on to say that yes, sometimes mothers forget their children but Jesus never forgets us. God is much more attached to us than even mothers are to their children. Awesome! We can learn a lot about God from 'so called' dumb animals.