that the amazing thing about having a dog is even though neither of you speak the same language, you develop this deep connection that you will never have with a human.
“One of the greatest evidences of God’s love to those that love Him is to send them afflictions with grace to bear them.” (from the pen of John Wesley)
Coming out of the loss of Od has been trying and difficult these past three weeks. But I know that in the tears and in the sad moments God is right here with me in this “little matter” of my life. How do I know? I know His Word. I know He can not lie.
So, by faith, I accept, “I will never ever leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)
I don’t like trials. I don’t like health issues. I don’t like being alone. I don’t like any of it. Butttttttttttttttttt, here stands the truth for me in my times of need.
God is not dead. God is not off on a mission some where else. God is right here with me. He has never left my side. He will walk with me through everything that comes my way. I know that He cares about this wayward child of His. In fact, He loves me very, very much. In normal times, when nothing particularly is bothering me, I never have the opportunity to “feel” that Presence, but come a time – – a moment of life adjusting, His presence is very much with me and I am so thankful for that moment of life adjusting – – that moment of despair – – that moment of being alone – – and that moment of “anything” and “everything” that comes my way. Why??? Because in that moment of “_________”, His Presence is made known to my heart and I am fully aware that I am not alone, nor will I EVER BE ALONE!!
As God gave me little Od seven years ago, He will give me another little dog when he/she is ready and when I am ready for us to be together. I am looking forward to that.
Those of you, troubled by the loss of a pet, be it a dog, cat, bird, or horse……..go ahead and cry…..remember the good times…..tuck them in your heart. THEN….. stand up straight, take a deep breath and begin to walk into your future. By the way – – here are two verses to tuck into your memory for future use down the road. You will need them.
“I will never ever leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5) Don’t just say it, believe it!!
“Call unto Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” (Jere. 33:3) He does not lie, EVER!!
Corrie ten Boon wrote, “This is what the past is for. Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
Then, look at what I saw/read this morning. There are 31 Proverbs, one for each day of the month. Today is July 12th. In the 12th chapter of the Proverbs, verse 10a, it reads, “A righteous man (woman) regards the life of his/her animal“. Further down in that same Proverb, we read, “But the righteous will come through trouble“. (vs. 13b) Tell me that God is not “right on”. Tell me that God doesn’t have time for you and that He will send you elsewhere. Tell me that God is too busy for you. Tell me that……..Tell me this……. Tell me anything but I will tell you THIS!! HOGWASH!!
I will ALWAYS believe that I am important to Him and He will always and forever be with me as I travel the earth in time. He loves me with pure Agape love. I will never be alone in the dark of the nighttime of my life.
Incidentally – He will be and do the same for you. How about it!!!!
In His Matchless Grace!!!!