I have a 100 pound black, female Lab. She is amazing! She is absolutely faithful to me. She's there to comfort me when I'm down. When it's cold, she loves to curl up with me on the couch and keep me warm. She's always happy to party with me when I'm in a good mood. I get a parade from her every day when I get home from work. She also knows when to leave me alone, most of the time. And those times when I don't want anything to do with her or she is bugging me, I can just as easily send her away. Only to call her back when I want her. She is a magnificent animal.
The sad thing is that many of us relate to God like that. We want a comforting, gentle, fun, happy God who will be there for us when we need Him and leave us alone when we are not in the mood. This is a God that we understand; a God that we can wrap our minds around.
I realize that the metaphor breaks down if we take it too far. But, the point is God isn't our tamed animal who exists to serve us and our plans. He isn't domesticated like a subservient animal or a genie in a bottle. You see, we domesticate animals so that we can control them, so they can serve our purposes. God is anything but domesticated.
Walter Bruggerman describes God as "wild, dangerous, unfettered and free." He is beyond our control. He is loving, and comforting and gentle and kind. But He is far more than that. He is a lot of things that are beyond our comprehension. Things that may even frighten us.
God is not our lap dog.