While some may find a dog looking at you with exceptions filling her big brown eyes somewhat annoying, but I don't mind. Sparrow is the sweetest dog we have ever had and knowing she just wanted to be next to me (at least until someone with food was in the vicinity) thrills me.
I especially love it at night when we settle into bed. Sparrow always sleeps toward the end of the bed, but she will scoot over to me and get as close as to me as physically possible. I don't think you could squeeze a molecule between us! And while I must move her first before I move myself, I love that she wants to be next to me.
As much as I love my Sparrow, it is not even a drop in the bucket compared to the great love our Lord has for us. Every time we turn our eyes toward Him, we will find His gaze already on us. As the prodigal's father saw his son returning home because, as the Scriptures say, "when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him," so our Father looks and waits for our attention to turn toward Him. We will never come to Him and find Him not already turned to us.
Whenever our voices lift to Him, we will find He has already answered, He has responded before while our words are still on our lips.
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24.)
"The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight." (Proverbs 15:8.)
We will never know the depths of the love of our Lord for us, but what a joyous eternity we will have learning and exploring and sounding the depths of that love!
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38, 39