A Lesson From a Stray Dog.

Matthew 25:35,  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me

On New Years morning my family found a big dog laying under a bush beside our house. I went outside to check on it and found that he was too tired to even look up. This dog looked as if he had been through a lot in the past 24 hours. My wife and I slowly eased up to the puppy dog to get a closer look, hoping to see that the dog had a collar on. Unfortunately, he didn’t. We decided to bring the dog to our backyard to feed, water and take care of him until we could find the owner.

Over the past few days, we have put up signs, posted on social network sites and informed the local humane society but still no luck finding his owner yet. We took the dog to the veterinarian, to get it shaved because of his extremely matted hair and also to get his hips checked out. It took them 3 hours to shave this dog it was so matted. They also informed us that he has very bad hips, so they prescribed him some pain medicine for that. We plan on keeping him here until we can find his owner or maybe a new owner.

I don’t know what this dog has been through in his life, but it seems that he has had a very difficult life. Especially the past few days before arriving under our bush.

Why am I telling you all of this and what is my point?

I do not believe in coincidences. I believe that everything and I mean everything happens for a reason. I believe that the Lord led that dog to our house for a couple reasons. First off, He knew that the dog needed care and that we would take care of him. Second, I was able to connect with several people through trying to find this dogs owner that I would not have ever connected with. Next, the Lord reminded me that he knows what we are going through and will lead us to help if we do not lose faith. God never promised anyone a easy life on this earth but he did promise that he would be with us and give us strength.

As Christians we are called to help the needy, even animals. There are many people and animals out there that are in need of a little help to get them back on track, to give them hope, or a boost. It is easy to turn our heads and walk by the needy hoping someone else will step up and take care of them. Now, I know we can’t help everybody, but we can help somebody. If you are the one in need, then hold fast, don’t lose faith, the Lord will rescue you. He will provide a way in His perfect timing.

I challenge you to be on the look out for someone to help today, animals included. Words of encouragement are very effective and also free. Whatever God puts on your heart, do it! Don’t wait for someone else. You may be their last chance of hope. Just try it! I think that not only will you find that there are plenty of hurting and needy people out there that we can be a blessing to and offer hope, but you will get an internal blessing from this that will stir up joy in your heart, a purpose for living, and a love for God.

After all God is love.

1 John 3:18, Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.

Be blessed.

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