Sally is a sweet dog, a combination of multiple breeds, and was rescued from an area animal shelter by our daughter, Marie. No dog could have had a greater transformation of situation than sweet little Sally. When Marie adopted her, she was infected with heart worms and Marie nursed her back to health as she recovered. She has loved and cared for her as much as we love and care for our dog Ellie. Thankfully, Marie was able to bring Sally home this week, and while she requires much medication and testing still, she is much better and with Marie.
Loving a dog, and more importantly, having loved and raised children, I knew the anguish Marie faced as Sally was critically ill. I knew she was broken-hearted to be apart from her dog when she was ill. I knew she was tempted to fear the worst may happen. I knew, also, that she also trusted in the Lord to work out His perfect way and will in her life and in Sally's life. I knew, because I have been there. I have been there with our dog Sparrow, and with my children. In fact, I was there once with Marie.
She was eight-years-old when she fell off the top of a sliding board and received a serious concussion. As she lay unconscious in the Emergency Room, all the fears that a mother could face assaulted me. There was only one place I could reasonably turn and that was to the Lord. He alone could be that "shelter in a time of storm". In that moment, as in every other time I have trusted Him, He was completely faithful. In fact, Marie had such a miraculous recovery - and awakening from her unconscious state -- the Neurologist told me he had never seen anything like it.
The day Sally came home, I had read these verses in Exodus:
"And the Lord said, 'I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians."
"And Moses said unto God, 'Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? What shall I say unto them?'"
"And God said unto Moses, 'I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.' " Exodus 3:7,8,13,14
As I read these words, they seemed to jump off the page. "I have surely seen..." The Lord knew the sufferings of the Israelites in Egypt, He knew their difficulties in bondage. He had "heard their cry".
His response was I AM.
His response is always I AM.
He is the complete provision of everything we need, He is the complete fulfillment of everything we desire. "Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing." (Psalms 145:16.)
He sees, He hears and in all our situations, as we turn to Him by faith, He is. He is all we will every need in every thing we will ever face.
Trust in the Lord always, for having Him, we have all.