What is it with these furry creatures that inhabit my household? They always seem to be teaching me valuable life lessons. Last week our blind black pug, Penny, handed me yet another one when she disappeared for over an hour in the wee dark hours of the morning. (Hence the title ~ maybe I’ll pick up a few “Twilight” followers?
Our adventure began on an uneventful morning. Like every morning, my husband let Penny out to take care of her morning ritual. As she headed off into the darkness of the woods on the side of our house, he briefly left to grab a sweat shirt and when he returned… no dog in sight … or sound.
Even though you cannot see a blind black pug in the darkness, you can usually hear walking through the leaves. But he heard nothing. She had disappeared. He called out to her and looked around for over an hour. (He mentioned later that he couldn’t find our flashlight. Someone hadn’t put the it back where it was supposed to be. Sound familiar?)
Plan B, wake-up Christy. She finds everything. Upon alert, I jumped up, threw on my sweats and boots, grabbed my flashlight and was outside in mere moments. I called and called while I slowly paced our street and circled our property… but no Penny.
Now the sun was coming up – usually my favorite time of day. I was starting to get frantic which always makes my brain wander and give way to fears…Was she eaten by a coyote? Did a fox mistake her for a chunky black squirrel? Did she feel it was her time and decide to wander out into the woods to die alone under a bush?
As the sun started to light up the horizon, I wearily asked myself… “Why is this my favorite time of day anyway, I’m exhausted?” I looked around and it became clear to me. It’s because this is when all is calm. It’s when God shows me His first light. And it’s when I pray about the day ahead. This day though, I went straight from waking in panic mode and skipping my prayer time completely.
So I took a moment; centered myself and prayed… “Dear Lord, please lead me to Penny. Please let her be ok. Forgive me for not turning directly to you. “
Thirty seconds later I caught a glimpse of what looked like a blackened tree stump. It was Penny. (That was fast God!) She was just sitting there. My guess is that she realized that she was getting herself into deeper and deeper trouble the more she blindly navigated her unknown surroundings. The more she wandered on her own, without sight, the further she was from being home and safe.
As I most gratefully scooped her up into my arms, her gray, cloudy eyes looked up at me as if saying “Geez, what took you so long, I’m freezin’ out here!” I quipped right back at her… “Why the heck didn’t you bark to let me know where you were? You had to have heard me calling!” As I held her, her shaking gave way to a deep, sweet sigh of relief. “I’m safe.”
Penny’s lesson: “When you are lost and alone; stay put, your master loves you and will find you… always. Trust.
My lesson: If you feel lost, cry out to Jesus in prayer. He hears you, loves you and will rescue you from a cold, dark world. In the dark your fears fester. In the light, they dissipate.
This week, Meditate on Psalm 46:5. “God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” Helen Keller
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:4-5
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Monday Must see Video: “Lighthouse” by Anthem Lights