RESCUE DOG DEVOTIONAL – Aug. 8 – A Lesson in Trust

One thing I can say for sure about every single one of the 18 very special Walk by Faith Ministry rescue dogs in my care – regardless of age, size, breed, gender, history, handicap, disability, impairment, degree of health or not – is that they all have perfect trust that their needs will be met 24-7. If I had the same level of trust in God for His love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, patience, tenderness, sensitivity and provision that these dogs have in me, I would be enjoying the dog days of summer to the degree that they are – with the level of rest, peace, and security that they enjoy daily.

Beckles with Speckles and Little were re-united just weeks ago
after years living in different homes.
They were rescued together 30 minutes from euthanization
about a decade ago and transported car by car
 to down the east coast to safety!
Despite the fact three-legged Lucy is still hyper when it comes to wondering where I am and always wanting to be by my side, she knows that she knows that she knows I am here. Mercy, despite being paralyzed and not being able to get places without my help nor being able to go to the bathroom without my aid, is joyful every second of the day. Winnie, despite the fact her back feet were cut off when she was run over by a train, enjoys her life to the fullest. Beckles, despite her approaching heaven rapidly due to a severe health issue, knows everything she needs from love to medicine is available to her without fail. Blind Glory knows that her lack of eyesight will not stop her from being fed and spending every night cuddled up in a crate with two-footed Winnie. The list goes on. 
The dogs, no matter the rejection, abandonment, abuse, neglect, accidents, and sicknesses they have experienced, whether in a stranger’s care, a previous owner’s care, on the streets, in the woods, out in the country, or in my care, trust me for their provision. Do I fall short? Yes. All the time. Daily. In more ways than I care to admit, but I admit it anyway. Yet they continue to trust me. 
And yet I, with a provider that is available to me 24-7 without fail, who is perfect love, and provides continually, whose love never ends, whose mercy never runs out, whose forgiveness is always available, whose provisions come from an endless supply, who is beyond my wildest dreams in every way imaginable and more, continue to fall short in trusting. 
So while the dogs enjoy the dog days of summer curled up inside enjoying God’s provision of AC, or lying in the yard sunbathing for those who prefer the steamy, hot sunshine, I move back and forth between the peace of trusting God and the unrest of forgetting who is sovereign. He is. 
Whoever thought that after growing up in a Jewish home that did not believe in God in which I neglected my childhood dog and didn’t think much of animals would end up madly in love with Jesus Christ and learning yet another – and ongoing – faith lesson from my beloved assembly of canine kids. 
Dear God, I suppose I shouldn’t pray that I become more like a dog. So I won’t. But suffice it to say, please Lord as I reflect on the beautiful trust my doggies show me – please help me to have the trust I need and desire in you. I am so sorry for not trusting you, as I know that I know you are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Please forgive me for projecting on to you the lessons I have learned from the fallibility of man. Amazing to think, God, that no matter how far short I fall my dogs still trust me. And yet you never fall short for a second, and still I have fallen short in trusting you. Please heal my unbelief, my God, and help me to trust you so utterly that I, too, can enjoy not just the dog days of summer – but the infinite blessings you have bestowed upon me in my daily walk with you. I love you Jesus – forever and ever, forever and ever. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heb 4:1  “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
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