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Topic: Hair (07/04/19)
- TITLE: Love persists
By Peggy horjus
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Zap, zap, whoosh, whoosh , hair ? Hair !
Everywhere hair, on the couch, on the floor, on the bed, on clothes, in my food, in my mouth.
Six decades of hair, sounds yuck ? Not really but am awe fully grateful for vacuum cleaners.
You probably guessed it we have an animal, to be specific an Akita /Shepherd mix named Mika, she is 15 and really sweet.
Although my story is about Tesh, a Shepherd/ Rottweiler mix of 120 lbs, Mika is a constant reminder of God's grace and love.
Tesh, our beautiful Shepherd /Rottweiler mix with a chest that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger jealous had serious issues.
I say:" had" because she is now enjoying the forever hunting grounds.
It took about a dozen dogs and over 40 years for me to learn a significant lesson about myself.
Tesh was saved from a life of abuse when she joined us, there were however many scars and fears.
Any given time anyone walked in the house with cowboy boots she scooted under a bed or table, this story is about one of those days.
My hubby came home from work, you guessed it, wearing cowboy boots, Tesh, ears in the neck, tail between her legs, shivering and shaking.
She flew under the pool table, it was funny and sad at the same time.
So you know, Tesh wasn't usually the quickest, on this day, in this case she was like grease lighting.
As I'm telling her it's all right, it is "baasje" (an endearing term in Dutch for owner, caretaker) there is no need to be afraid.
Although she was never hurt by any of us, she had clearly
some bad memories.
At this moment I myself am not in the best place and her behavior irritates me, so many times has she been comforted, over 10 years and still she acts this way?
Thinking to myself; " God why does she still not trust us, why does she act so afraid all the time?"
"What are we to do ?" "I don't understand and am frustrated."
Then I hear a firm but tender voice say :" My child you still treat Me that way, you do not really trust Me, it has been over 30 years."
Now I break down , start sobbing, shaking, trembling, I am a real mess. I do know that voice all too well that what I am hearing is the truth. and I know it.
This was a moment of utter grace and unspeakable love from the Father for me , through Tesh, her behavior.
Scripture talks about God making Himself known through and in creation, Romans;1:20.
When God whispered to me; "My child you still treat Me that way."
This incredible revelation layered with so much love, brings about a huge change in my heart, a moment, a day I will never forget.
Every day I brush hair, vacuum hair, mop up hair there is that reminder of a tender moment, a reminder of God's love for me.
He used a dog, my dog, to show me where I was stuck.
It would be nice to say I am trusting Him completely so many years later but that is not the case , it is a process, a journey, with His love, His patience, this child is working out her salvation with fear and trembling.
Romans;1;20 says ;" For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
Philippians 2:12b....work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
Hair? Hair ! Don't mind it.
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