The big dog was curled up on the front deck of the house. He looked an absolute picture of misery, with no life or interest in anything. He knew that his family had gone away and left him, and he was going to guard things until they got back. He knew the day before they had left that something was in the wind by the way the missus was packing things up….there was just a general feeling of unrest around the place. And then those other people were back. He wasn't too sure of them, even though they had been coming and going to their caravan that was parked up the back by the workshop over the last few weeks.
All day he lay there with his head on his paws, and one ear cocked just in case his family came back. He barked all night almost without stopping, at least the people in the caravan thought so. They said to each other, "He's going to be a little horse (hoarse) in the morning", and then laughed at their little joke.
Needless to say he was very tired the next day, and slept until mid afternoon. Then he got up and trotted down the track to the caravan with his ears up. He looked like a different dog. He was alert and back to his old happy self. He even smelt the new missus all over when she talked to him.
It was almost as though he had said to himself, "Well, it's no use moping here by myself, I might as well make the best of it!"
From then on, he guarded the caravan and kept the people there company. As we watched him lying there with one eye cocked on the goings on (not that there were many!) we couldn't help thinking how like life this is.
We come to a bend in the road and all seems dark and miserable. We think that things are never going to be the same again, and maybe they won't be. But there is no use moping about it. The dog couldn't bring his people back by moping, and neither can we. We may as well get up and go on straight away instead of remaining miserable and making others miserable in the process.
There is a passage in the Bible that says ….. God's way is perfect! The promise of the LORD has proven to be true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. Who is God but the LORD? Who is a rock except our God? God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like those of a deer and gives me sure footing on high places. He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend an [archer's] bow of bronze. (Psalm 18:31-34)
We all have enemies at times….enemies of doubts, fears and disappointments. When they seem about to engulf us, we can call on God for His help. He promises this to everyone who will take His salvation as the next verses go on to say….. You have given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand supports me. Your gentleness makes me great. You make a wide path for me to walk on so that my feet do not slip. I chased my enemies and caught up with them. I did not return until I had ended their lives. I wounded them so badly that they were unable to get up. They fell under my feet. You armed me with strength for battle. You made my opponents bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and I destroyed those who hated me. (Psalm 18:35-39)
So when all seems dark and hopeless, let's remember the dog that found that moping did no good at all, and carry on around the bend in the road not looking back!