Good morning. It is Thursday, October 7, 2021. Jeanette Stark here.
I have a dog. I got him mid-July of this year. He is a rescue of sorts. He needed a home and unbeknownst to me, I needed a dog.
He bonded to me immediately and I to him.
It amazes me how fast we can fall in love, with an animal. He is super smart and a bit stubborn. He plays hard and he sleeps light. He will not let anyone in the yard he does not know, but once he gets to know you, he is all heart. He loves to play ball, go for walks and sleep on my bed. He loves eggs but not carrots. In fact he is a very finicky eater.
He loves to be brushed and will hold very still if I need to put medicine on him. He is a wonderful companion, especially now that Wendell is gone.
This past Sunday I was working in the yard for 5 hours. I was in and out of the gates and he would follow. He has never run off. Until he did.
Suddenly I realized I had not seen him for a few minutes. I went searching and then saw an opened gate. My heart sank. I began calling him and calling him. I grabbled the “beeper”. It is a shock collar but it has three settings. Beeper, vibration and shock. I rarely have to use anything but the beeper. I pressed the beeper and listened. Nothing.
My daughter jumped in her car and headed for the road. My son-in-law headed for the woods behind the house and I headed down the gravel road. All three of us calling and calling him. I walked and called for almost an hour. I stopped in the middle of the woods and prayed “God, please keep my dog safe. You know how much he means to me. Please bring him home safely.”
I did not have hiking shoes on and soon developed a blister, I kept walking. I was becoming hoarse, but I kept calling. Over an hour of walking gravel roads and the woods and mountain behind us. Nothing. I reached out to friends and asked them to pray. I ended up having to go home. I was limping and exhausted.
It was the first time in months that I was able to work outside (torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder) and five hours of that had left me beat.
Three hours later, when my son and granddaughters were headed out for dinner, they took the time to drive up and down my road. They found him!
Larry pulled in, honking the horn. One of my granddaughters came running in the house “We found Baxter!”
My heart was overjoyed!! He was happy to be home.
You know, Jesus is much like that when one of His children go missing.
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 NKJV
“For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.” Ezekiel 34:11, 16 NKJV
“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick…” Ezekiel 34:16 NKJV
If you are lost, or become lost, Jesus is there, looking for you. He is calling your name. He is doing everything in His power to get your attention. He is standing at the door knocking. Please, let Him in!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NKJV