My first cattle dog was named Crackers and I bought her as a puppy. When Crackers turned ten years old I started to notice that she was having a hard time seeing. She would bump into things once in a while but then I knew something was bad when she fell through the hole in the hayloft where we drop our hay. Thank goodness she was okay but I took her to my veterinarian and he right away told me she was losing her sight. He didn’t know how long it would take until her vision was completely gone but he figured within a year. Well my sweet little dog lost her vision much quicker and by the end of summer she was completely blind. I asked my vet what we should do and he told me she would be just fine as long as we kept everything the same in the house and didn’t change the furniture around. I would need to watch her closely when she went outside but for the most part blind dogs can adapt just fine.
It was late November and it was snowing outside pretty hard. It was our first heavy snow of the season and I let Crackers outside to go to the bathroom. I didn’t give much thought to the snow and went to the kitchen and a couple of minutes later I went back to check on her. She was gone! She never went far but she was gone and on top of it, she was mostly white herself. It was dark outside and I started calling and as I looked over towards our street I saw this little body standing out in the middle of the road. It was her. She was frozen in her tracks and couldn’t move. I ran over to her and picked her up and took her inside. I realized right there that she couldn’t feel the ground and lost track of where she was due to the heavy snow. It broke my heart but I was relieved she was fine. From that day forward I went with her every time she went outside. I didn't leave her side.
When I think about my sweet dog, I realize I am just like her in so many ways. I am blind to where I am going most of the time and that is when I need God to come and pick me up and take me inside where it is safe and warm.
Romans 8:39 NIV
Neither height nor depth, or anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today's post is a short excerpt from my daily devotional book, "Caring for horses with a Servant's heart." It is a lovely book about life on our horse farm and how I see the lord in all of it daily. This book is 365 short stories that will have you looking at horses, chores, your horse business and all four seasons in a whole new way.
Wishing you many blessings in your horse business,