Those of you who know me are aware of this one, big hairy thing in my life.
(and no… it’s not a new boyfriend.) 😉
His name is Wrigley!
Before I got Wrigley, I didn’t understand the bond between people and dogs. I honestly thought it was kind of silly when people gushed about their animals… but Wrigley was a huge blessing in disguise for me. I got him as sort of a Christmas gift to myself shortly after getting married. And wow, was he a blessing.
Life was suddenly very rough. Marriage was rough. And then… so was an unwanted divorce as a newlywed.
Call me corny, but Wrigley’s presence was like a blessing straight from God. He was always happy to see me, even when I was hurting and didn’t feel like playing with him. He cuddled with me. He licked my tears away.
God provided comfort through a little fluff-ball of love! 😉
Fast-forward a year and a half… Wrigley and I are settled in to our new home in Frankfort.
The past few months, I have had a growing concern that he is depressed. I work a lot, so he is home alone pretty often by himself. Some days, he doesn’t eat at all. When I return home from work, his toys are in the same spot they were when I left. He lays on the couch the entire day (typical man, eh?). 😉
He just seems so sad.
I can see a difference in him and it has been a concern that is heavy on my heart every day. It occurred to me that maybe if I got another dog, he would have a buddy to keep him company throughout the day. So, for the past few months, I have been looking at shelters for dogs, at breeders selling Golden puppies, etc.
This weekend, I called a lady selling pups and talked to her about possibly being interested.
Yesterday, we arranged to meet on Wednesday (tomorrow) so that I could pick out my new little boy.
Whoa, this is moving fast. Is this the right thing to do?
All day, it has weighed on my mind that this wasn’t the right decision.
Sometimes, it’s like, “God… I know this seems so small… but I really don’t know what to do here. Help me out??”
I thought that a puppy may be a solution. Or even another dog, a grown one from a shelter.
But it’s so scary to make that commitment not knowing if it would actually be a solution to the problem, or just add more problems… not to mention a potential financial strain.
I started thinking how nice it would be to have a “trial” dog. Just to see if Wrigley having another dog’s company during the day would ease his loneliness.
Yesterday, I became “Facebook friends” with a couple who are missionaries going on the Honduras trip (check them out at http://www.sparrowmissions.com)! I met them Sunday, on that miraculous day of God’s provision.
Today, I recalled seeing a picture of their dog, a beautiful Golden, on Facebook… and a post…
they needed someone to watch him for the next month while they are in Honduras.
Tonight when I made this realization, I immediately emailed the doggy’s momma, asking if they still needed someone to take care of their beautiful Golden Retriever.
She said that it was an answer to their prayers, that they still needed someone to watch him and that she really liked the thought that he would have a buddy to play with during the day. We emailed back and forth and were both excited that it seemed God had answered BOTH of our prayers about our furry companions!
Are you kidding me?? Thank you, Jesus! A “trial” dog!! haha
And tonight… I realized once again… that God does care about the details!
He loves us so infinitely that He LOVES to provide for us in ways that we can’t even imagine or foresee. When we’re burdened with the stressors and details of life, He loves to bless us and take the weight.
So here I am again, just blown away by God. So thankful for how He is moving and providing. Even for the small things. Even for my hairy guy.
I think we often overlook these things in life and fail to recognize the ways that He provides for us!
I recall a time in college when I was broke and I had a bill to pay… I had no idea how I was going to pay for it.
And then… that day, as the bill weighed heavy on my mind, I went to the mailbox and in it was an envelope… with a refund check of sorts… made out to me in the exact amount of the bill that I owed! Amazing.
I encourage everyone to make note of these provisions… these little miracles. Jot them down in a notebook or a journal… and over time, I think you will be amazed looking back at all the little ways that God has worked in your life.
Let’s not forget about take these “small things” for granted.
…He sure doesn’t!