Joy in the Small Things

Several friends have asked me to share this little story on the blog, so here it is.

Our family has two dogs, a large collie, named Cream Soda, and a "Heinz 57" variety, named Little Bear. One morning upon awaking, we noticed that our garage door was opened and our dogs were gone. Seems our garage door "eye" mechanism is not dog proof.

When my husband's search of the neighborhood and surrounding areas turned up only one of our dogs, Little Bear, we were heartbroken. Cream Soda is a sweet, gentle giant, obedient and loving, who captured our hearts with her love and devotion to the family.

We mentioned in our Sunday School class that Cream Soda was missing, and asked if the class would pray for the safe return of the family dog, who answers to "Cream Soda." One particularly sweet and selfless lady in our class asked about her and sent her children on a Sunday afternoon hunt for her. No luck. We pretty much just gave up at this point.

When asked if she had been found midweek, we answered, "no," content with our one lonely and heartbroken Little Bear. But one evening upon returning home from church, there was a message on our answering machine from that sweet, selfless lady in our Sunday School Class. She had Cream Soda! It turns out she just happened to be driving down the road as a man happened to be walking a dog matching Cream Soda's description. She stopped and asked the man if it was his dog, and he answered that it wasn't, that he had found the dog. When they called her name, Cream Soda bolted toward their car. It was a great reunion. And, what are the odds! She was in a completely different neighborhood, miles away.

It was a great faith-builder for me, and taught me in very real terms that God cares about everything--no matter how small. The Bible says, "What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Luke 12:6-7
God loves us so much that He strengthens our faith--even when we're not looking for it. And, one day we will have a great reunion with our Heavenly Father, too.

"Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!" Psalm 126:3

May you have the best week you've ever had in your life.