[CF Devotionals] 2015-05-05 - Sleeping at the Vet

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Back in October 2014, we adopted a rescue dog named Shiloh. She had been dumped on the street by owners who put her out in a crime-ridden area, and she had to survive on the streets for awhile. And this was while she was blind in both eyes, along with other health issues! She subsequently spent ten months in a shelter. We knew that it would take us awhile to build her sense of security, but we can see progress. Last week, we witnessed something that was confirmation that she has learned to trust us and feel secure with us. We took her to her wonderful eye surgeon for a follow-up appointment, and right there in the vet's office, while we discussed her eye with the doctor (much progress!), Shiloh lay down and took a nap! That amazed us.

Richard and I have had four-footed family members, all our lives. Their responses to vet visits have run the gamut, from being a little nervous - to experiencing sheer terror, the latter being Pierre - who had an awful experience at the vet, right before his adoption. But never have we seen any dog so relaxed, that s/he would be able to sleep in the exam room! That was evidence of trust, not only in our love and presence, but also in the doctor who had cared so diligently for her. This moved our hearts.

Do we show such trust in God? Do we totally relax in his provision and his presence? We should. After all, He sent His own Son to the cross for us, and the Bible tells us that He cares so deeply about us, that he can count the numbers of hairs on our heads.

Matthew 10:29-31The Message (MSG)
Forget About Yourself

29-31 “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail–even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.”

Let's ask God to help us more fully give our trust to Him.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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