I have a really, REALLY deep faith. Yeah…I know that will surprise some of you. Well…the Lord never said we couldn’t have fun… SO THERE!!!
This week’s GBE2 challenge is TRUST. This inspiration prompted me to share a story about a dog that I loved and cherished for 17 wonderful years and how her sweet spirit taught me how to trust the Lord.
This was Elvira… My little angel went to be with the Lord after her mission on earth was done. I, apparently, was her mission field because I had a lot to learn in this life. A lot of what I learned, I learned from my dog.
I was at a point in my walk where I struggled with the concept that I could lean on and rely on God, turning my will over to His. I was already in a place where I recognized blessings that I certainly didn’t deserve and I had no doubts that the Lord exists. I just wasn’t in a place where I could freely give over my own will. Even thought my own free will had cost me so much in life, I just couldn’t let it go.
Elvira loved cat food. I was told by my vet that a cat food diet was not nutritionally correct for a dog, but she begged so sweetly…. So, every night when I dished up the cat foot, I put one teaspoon of cat food on Elvira’s dry dog food. Kind of like a treat on top… She always waited patiently for me to give her the little treat. One night, I looked at her waiting, looking at me and TRUSTING me. Suddenly, in an instant, I understood how the old trust thing worked. It was an epiphany!
My dog loved me unconditionally. She trusted that I would take care of her every need. She knew that her little treat was coming and her trust was great enough to wait for it. She knew that I loved her unconditionally as well. She simply knew that she knew…
What did I learn from my dog?
- 1. I learned unconditional love2. I learned to wait on the Lord3. I learned that a deep love, without violation of that love, leads to complete trust4. I learned to trust the Lord with the rest of my life
TRUST… It’s a big deal!!!
I would be remiss if I didn’t add a post script here… I gave over my free will and accepted what the Lord had for me. It didn’t look like a good deal at that time, but nonetheless, I gave over my free will and trusted Him completely. Now, 20 years later, I have had my socks blessed right off of me. It still saddens me that I allowed my own free will to cost me so much in my youth, but nonetheless, it was a valuable lesson learned.