Lessons Learned from a Lost Dog

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The injured dog Sarah found while running

My daughter Sarah was out running this week when she came across an injured dog in the road. It looked like it had been hit by a car. Sarah stopped running, scooped up the dog, and walked over a mile back to our house. This began the Great Dog Rescue Adventure.

The dog trusted Sarah from the moment she hugged it to her chest. Sarah brought the dog home, bathed it, cleaned its wounds, and bandaged its gashed leg. The poor dog couldn’t put any weight on its back left leg, and it had cuts and scrapes on all of its legs. I took photos of the dog and posted on Facebook, trying to find anyone who recognized it. Sarah convinced me to drive around the neighborhood where we found it and knock on doors to see if anyone knew whose dog it was.

Honestly, I was completely overwhelmed by the response to help this sweet dog. Over 200 people shared my Facebook post, while others offered lots of encouraging comments. Three different people volunteered to adopt the dog and pay all of its medical bills if we could not find the owners. Some animal rescue folks gave us advice about things to do in order to help the dog and to find the owners.

In the end, thanks to the Facebook posts, we were able to reunite the dog with its distraught owners later that evening. I love a happy ending! The owners took their dog to the vet that evening and got it some help. It may need surgery in the future, and the animal rescue folks have volunteered to help with expenses.

In the middle of this process, my husband David said, “Wow! It’s like a whole community is involved in helping this dog!”

It made me smile. Not just because I love dogs, but because it presented such a beautiful picture of how God intends us to live on planet earth . . . taking care of one another.

Caring

So many people cared about what happened to this little dog. They felt for him and expressed their concern. It reminds me of where it says in the Bible, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15, NASB). A soft heart cares about others and their struggles. When we care, it can help serve as a reminder of how much God cares. We are told we can give Him everything that upsets us because He cares about us (1 Peter 5:7).

Loving

The many people we encountered during our dog rescue poured out so much love for this little dog. My heart melted as my daughter ministered to him, holding him in her lap, treating his wounds, getting him food and water, and talking sweetly to him. Others loved him too through words and acts of kindness. In this world, we can choose to love the hurting whenever we meet them. Lots of people need to know they are loved. The Bible encourages us to be fervent (to stretch) in our love for one another (1 Peter 1:22). It says others will know we are Christians by our love for one another (John 13:35). Again, when we love, it reminds others of God’s great love: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NASB).

Helping

People got involved. They saw a need, and they did something to help. From my daughter to the people on social media, many stepped in to provide assistance. We are told that in the early church, “They began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:45, NASB). In other words, people put their love and concern into action. Jesus did that. He saw our great need, and He left his throne in heaven to come save us (Philippians 2:5-8). We are told “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4, NASB). That’s what Jesus did. He can help us to do the same for others.

Praying

A great conversation evolved concerning this dog. People were talking with one another—and with the Lord—about him and his owners. People wanted him to be found, to be reunited with the family that loved him. People asked God to help—and He did. We are told to pray for one another and that prayer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Pray unites us more closely with one another and our Father in heaven who loves us. Pray invites God into our struggles and allows us to see who He is and what He can do. We see many beautiful examples of Jesus praying in the Bible, and we are told He lives to intercede (pray) for us today (Hebrews 7:25).

In the end, Jesus wants everyone to come home to Him (2 Peter 3:9). As that sweet little dog discovered this week, there is no place like home!

Question: How has someone reached out to you with God’s love when you felt lost? Comment at the link below.

Susan Jane King

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