I've tried treats, shock collars, throwing my shoes at him, prayer, laying on of hands...everything I can think of in an effort to avoid being attacked. I grow weary of the fight.
I love my daddy. I miss having full access to him. Oh, he's not stopping me - it's his dog I have to get around. So, I find myself not even wanting to talk to daddy because I don't want the hassle of dealing with his evil little dog. (I'm not bitter or anything.)
This week as "devil dog" was coming at me, I got this spiritual picture: I have full access to my Father God - Abba Father. But, because I live in a body of flesh and in a world ruled by the evil one - there are lots of things that come into my mind and life that become obstacles in my relationship with my Abba Father.
So many things can come into my life that keep me from constant communication and fellowship with my Abba Father. Honestly, I wish each one were as loud and snarly as "devil dog" and not as subtle as they often are. You know what I'm talking about? As subtle as these things are, they keep me from running quickly to my Abba Father and/or quickly reaching my Abba Father.
I love what God said to Joshua before going in to take possession of the land God was giving the people of Israel. "So, take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God" (Joshua 23:11). I've decided now that "devil dog" becomes a wonderful reminder that I am to take diligent heed to Love the Lord my God! (Diligent heed = an awesome word study.)
PS - I do not believe this good thought will cause my heart to grow fond or "devil dog" or keep me from using the zapper. But, God is a big God!