Christine Duncan

Precepts & Life Preservers

An Extension of Him


When your dog teaches you about needing God's presence.

All the dog lovers in the house. I know you’ll understand this scenario.

We have a shadow living with us. Has been with us now for almost 13 years and is even more of a shadow than before.

No. Maybe shadow isn’t even the right word.

We have this four-legged… umm… growth.

Our border collie/black lab cross, Rally. It’s not enough for her to be in the same vicinity as you. It’s not enough to be in the same house. Β On the same floor. In the same yard. The same room.

Nope, it’s not enough.

Her life’s purpose is to be so close that no matter what you’re doing, she’s touching you.

She waits. Patiently. To the untrained eye, it looks like she really couldn’t care what you’re about. But she’s simply watching out of one eye for the right moment. For the moment you settle and still in one spot. Then suddenly you have this furry growth.

Sometimes it’s rather funny, sometimes reassuring, or sweet, sometimes very awkward. You look down because she sighs, and snorts, and is finding a way to place her 75 lb body at the right angle so that even just one small part of her is touching yours.

Wrapped around your foot under the work desk. Laying on her side, her hip against your heel by the T.V. Her head wedged up against your ankle while her feet are tangled up in my husband’s while we read.

She becomes this extension of you. Quite on purpose.

And over the years, we’ve used it to our benefit too. She feeds off the contact. So when we’re an extension of calm, she remains calm. That border collie part of her goes bonkers at every moving thing out of a dead sleep… but if you’re at rest while touching her, she’s at rest. If you’re an extension of love, she murmurs back and heaves a happy sigh while one toe touches yours. If you’re on edge and alert, she won’t settle but her senses stay on guard.

She becomes an extension of us. Every time.

It occurred to me that this is the picture of another, better, extension.

I don’t know about you, but this scenario translates well into us with our Heavenly Father, doesn’t it?

The times I’m most at peace are when I’m pressing into His rest.

The moments I’m most content are when I bask in His wonderful faithfulness and grace.

The days I feel confident and like I belong, are the days I reach out and make sure I’m touching Him.

When our priority is to feel Him beside us, to be with Him no matter where He leads, to be in constant contact with our Savior, then His touch does for us, what my touch does for my crazy dog.

We stay connected to Him, and we then naturally become an extension of Him.

A complete extension of the Creator King. This thought blows my mind. Even better, that He has always had a history of inviting us to do so.

You see it in scripture. All the ways simply touching Him was enough. Click To Tweet

You see it in scripture. All the ways simply touching Him was enough.

The woman with a decades-long illness presses in and healing and dignity flow.

Peter sinking into the water one night, and an instant later Jesus walking across and taking His hand changes everything.

Mary holds His feet and connects with her tears, her hands, her hair, and a paradigm-like shift takes place. One touch and her life is acknowledged by the only One who mattered.

He touched eyes to see. He touched sickness to heal. He touched the dead and life was extended.

A young disciple reclines into his Lord with such comfort and familiarity that it’s worth recording into The Book for all time.

That’s us today. He should be so familiar, so loved, so attractive, so important, so wanted, so revered, that all we should want is to be constantly within reach of Him.

To be away from His presence is to be at the mercy of ourselves. Click To Tweet

To be away from His presence is to be at the mercy of ourselves.

I’ve never done well left to my own devices.

I want to be so tucked into His precious side, so hidden into His mighty wings, that I become an extension of everything He is and does and gives.

I want this kind of desire to be resolute. Like breathing. This prayer to be my compass, my destination, my purpose. And nothing more. For if that is where we live and move and grow, pressed into Him, then everything that follows is exactly what and where He plans and provides.

And His Word proclaims and testifies that He is faithful to provide and supply your every need.

Let’s make our goal today to be an extension of Him, and watch what He will do!

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  1. Wow, you can’t imagine how God is using these words to speak to my heart. Just what I needed to hear today! Thanks so much for being an extension of Him and speaking His words to me via this post!

    • Christine Duncan

      September 23, 2016 at 2:53 PM

      Oh, I’m so glad, Ruth! Love how the Spirit nudges us with truth exactly when we need it most πŸ™‚ Thankful for your encouraging words!

  2. This is so beautiful, Christine. So especially ‘touching’…may I say! I felt the touch of Rally as you described all the ways she makes her presence quietly known to your body, as well as the behavior of both the toucher and the touchee. As we have this physical presence in your dog, to move to God’s presence and His touch, our touching Him…Oh, yes! In all the ways and seeing this in Scripture again and again. I will be pondering this for a while. I am so grateful we are neighbors at Grace and Truth.
    I feel so blessed. Besides that, I love your dog already!

    • I love this! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you so much- just what I needed to read tonight- I love the visual of your dog- and all the examples you gave from the Bible- Oh how I want more of that closeness with Him! Thanks so much! I am so blessed to have stopped by here today!! πŸ™‚

      • Christine Duncan

        September 23, 2016 at 9:26 PM

        Thanks Susie! Great to have you visit! How wonderful is it that we serve a God who wants to be close to us no matter what?!

    • Christine Duncan

      September 23, 2016 at 9:24 PM

      Linda, always great to hear from you! I’m so glad this is speaking to hearts… funny what common thing can suddenly illuminate a new truth for us, just when we need it. Pressing in together, today!

  3. Sometimes the pressing in is hard, ya know? It’s the times when I might be ‘touching’ him with a finger while stomping my feet in a temper when I fool myself into thinking I’m resting in him, but the evidence of stomping feet comes out through my restless heart. Oh this reminder is timely! thank-you.

  4. Our Sadie is curled up at my feet as I type. I loved your analogy. Pressing in, touching, needing His presence constantly. Thanks for this, Christine and for adding it to the Link Party. Blessings to you!!

  5. “To be away from His presence is to be at the mercy of ourselves.” Oh, dear Christine, how beautiful this post is!! I wish our dogs could have a play date. Maybe someday. I have a feeling they would get along really well! <3

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