It was meant to be

For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything He does . . .

It was wonderful to be out and about on Tuesday when the sun finally stopped sulking and returned from wherever it has been hiding and we raced around drawing in great quantities of Vit a Min D into our fast heaving lungs. (I presume that the D stands for Dog).

When people on Mall Vern Common hear the story of how we were dramatically saved by a whisker from being put down in an Irish pound and came to Mall Vern via a foster home in Exmouth, they almost always use a rather strange expression: they say that it was clearly ‘meant to be.’

Of course it was meant to be, but it would much more honouring, and much nearer the truth to say ‘The God who watches out for the welfare of dogs brought us here.’ Quite frankly, the third canine proposition form (“it was meant to be”) is a boring way of putting it. It makes it sounds as though it happened all by itself, instead of giving God glory for making all the wonderful arrangements.

I do hope none of you thinks that God’s will is stuffy or inflexible! He hears all our inward and outward barking and loves to weave His plans and purr poses together.

I’ll never forget the huge relief I felt when we arrived in Mall Vern and was able to hand over responsibility for my brother to our new owners.

Don’t miss out on purr suing God’s will for your life.  When people or animals come to mind, round the thought up – rather as collie dogs love to round things up (and, my Goodness, they do don’t they!) and go and see if the Lord is in the idea that you’ve had – He’s almost certainly bound to be if you pray into it! It’s as though He is standing on t’other side of the kennel door waiting for our contribution to enable what He wants to come about. Don’t lounge about on the so far: sniff out His purr poses and purr sue them. Get the hard things done first!

If I’ve understood Psalm 33 correctly, this is what the Lord says:

The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees all that He has made:  
every dog and the whole human race too
From His throne He observes
all who are racing around on earth.

He made their hearts,
and He understands everything they do.
The best-equipped kennel could not save even Top Dog Himself,
nor is strength alone enough to save an Alsatian.

Don’t count on a Doberman to give you victory—
for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear Him,
those who come when He calls
and walk to heel with Him!

Remind me to share something with you another time about squirrels, cats and hedgehogs.