by Jessica Worden
My in-laws were notorious for rescuing dogs. Every time my husband and I journeyed to their country home, I learned of the latest abuse victim. My husband and I drove to their house after going two months without visiting them. Shortly after walking through the front door, I saw an adorable little creature. A miniature pinscher was looking at me. She was tiny, weighing only 4 pounds. She had black fur with a beautiful rust colored trim, and gorgeous brown eyes.
My initial reaction was,”Ah she's so cute! When did you guys get a puppy?” I took a couple steps toward the new resident, but she quickly ran away. My mother-in-law informed me that the miniature pinscher's name was Skeeter. I was also informed that Skeeter was full-grown. Skeeter was malnourished by her previous owners, resulting in a permanent puppy size. I was also told that Skeeter had a history of abuse. Skeeter's owners had dipped her in flea chemicals and burned the fur off of her. Due to the terror she had experienced, Skeeter was fearful of strangers.
My in-laws told me about how they went through great lengths to restore Skeeter's health. Skeeter lacked muscle tone when she first arrived at the dog rescuers. Skeeter's lack of appetite forced my in-laws to bottle feed her. I was told that as she grew to trust them she gained weight. Skeeter also gained a strong appetite, and bonded with my in-laws.
Eventually Skeeter came to trust me during my visit. I was pleasantly surprised to find her cuddling with me toward the end of my stay. I always looked forward to seeing Skeeter when going to visit my in-laws. One time while visiting, my father-in-law told me I could keep her. I couldn't believe the news! Skeeter was the most precious little dog I had ever laid eyes upon. I loved her sweet demeanor and quiet spirit. I was thrilled to learn that I was given the privilege of being her new owner!
My husband and I often tell people that Skeeter is our precious little girl. Skeeter can usually be found nestled in my husband's lap. Skeeter has hand-knit dog blankets to keep her warm. When going on dates, my husband and I bring her with us. Skeeter has waited in our jeep on many occasions, for leftovers from the Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse. My husband and I go through the McDonald's drive thru on our way to church. Skeeter always receives her special sausage patty. We can often be seen holding her and petting her. Some have claimed that Skeeter is my most prized treasure.
Skeeter has made much progress since we adopted her. She no longer hides in her crate all day long. We often hear the pitter patter of her little feet running through our apartment. She runs to the door before my husband comes home from work, wagging her little tail. Often times she'll run up to me while I am on the computer. Skeeter's tail will be wagging, indicating she wants to cuddle. Our dog has even been known to give hugs. She likes to lean against our chests for a few minutes, indicating her great love for us. Although she was once quiet, she now makes cheerful little chuckles.
Skeeter is content with the exception of storms. The sounds of thunder causes her to shake with fear. Skeeter often runs toward my husband wagging her little tail, an indicator that she wants to be held. Skeeter still shakes with the strikes of thunder, but feels secure in my husband's loving arms.
Our redeemer finds us when we are broken,(Gal 1:3-4 NIV). Christ gives new hope to the drug addict. Slaves are freed from the bondage of materialism. The broken-hearted are filled with happiness, after learning they've been made into a royal priesthood. We may not be guaranteed a trouble free live, but delight in knowing that Christ is our refuge. We have been rescued from our sins and given new victories in Christ's name. As Skeeter began to trust her rescuers she became healthy. She started eating the food her rescuers placed in the baby bottle. Over time she trusted my in-laws to eat from the food they placed in front of her. After trusting Christ, we yield our lives over to him. We begin to grow spiritually when we seek God's word, and receive nourishment from God's word, (John 6:32 NIV).
Skeeter reached her full potential after my husband and I adopted her. A once timid little creature transformed into an lively and animated dog. Skeeter reached her full potential by experiencing love from us. God is the complete expression of love. As children made into his image, it isn't surprising that we long for love. As we experience God lavishing his love onto us, we are able to reach our full potential in Christ. We are able to experience the bright future God planned for us,( 1 John 3:1,Exodus 19:5, and Jer 29:11 NIV).
Skeeter found comfort in her owners arms during thunder storms. The fear still lingers, but she feels secure within her owner's arms. God draws himself close to his children during their storms, ( 2 Cor1:3-4; Psalm 34:18 NIV).We may face trials of many kinds. We may experience; unemployment, terminal illnesses, or other devastating news. We can take comfort in knowing that God longs to be close to us during times of hardship. If we call upon him, he will be quick to offer comfort that is needed.
God's love is deep and unconditional. He's always willing to rescue us; no matter how much we have sinned against him. Everyone is eligible for being adopted into the royal family. The only requirement is that we call upon our rescuer's name, Jesus Christ.
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