Paralyzed Dogs, Dog Without Eyes Inspire Lesson
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Paralyzed dogs Mr. Simeon and Miss Mercy have chronic medical issues and a chronic need for extra love, compassion, mercy, healing, and care. Glory, who has no eyes, can’t find her food, water, or go outdoors without me to guide her. They place their trust in me to provide what they need, and despite how far short I fall with love and patience, they turn to me continually to have their needs met. They love me exceedingly in return. They know, and believe, nobody but me will give them all they need.
They do not look elsewhere with their needs, nor do they try to meet their own needs. They wait for me and know with confidence and certainty I will provide for them. They sleep well at night looking forward to the next day of enjoying their little lives being loved and cared for despite their great needs. If the truth be told, they adore me. Sometimes when I’m changing Mr. Simeon’s diapers, Miss Mercy scoots over on her knees and wedges her way under my arm to get attention. Mr. Simeon, despite he can’t scoot around at all without his wheelchair, will lift a long front leg up until his paw drops on my arm to tell me he wants attention. When I take Mr. Simeon out in his wheelchair and let someone else stand with him while I walk away for a few minutes, he looks longingly at me with great attachment, yearning for me to hurry back and be with him. If you lined up 10 people in front of these sweet dogs, they would know instinctively and by experience I am the one they need. I am the one they desire.
In the mornings, they’re ecstatic when I approach their room. Miss Mercy scoots on her knees over to me, Mr. Simeon makes his funny-not-quite-a-bark-noise, and Glory manages to find me and wags crazily her stub of a tail.
This isn’t just a sweet story about special needs dogs; there’s a lesson in it. Should we not all look to the Lord, turn to the Lord, and focus on the Lord with yearning, endless desire, longing, love beyond measure, excited, ecstatic, exceedingly joyful that He is Lord, Father, Creator, master, Savior, redeemer, healer, deliverer, provider, friend, faithful, loyal, trustworthy, holy, pure, righteous, leader, King, and endlessly more?
In what, or in whom, is your faith? Your trust? Where is your focus? Where is your heart? There is only one true God. Are you consumed with love for Him? Adoration? Is your attention on Him? Is He your everything? We’re all in chronic need – of God through Christ. Is your confidence in Him? Are you turned to Him? Are you His faithful follower?