Footnotes of January Eighteen, Thoughts on Saving

One year ago

To all of those who was traveling the main road above my house. Thank you for slowing and not hitting my crazy escape artist dog. Poor Molly was terrified, I’m sure you could tell that in her actions . I know it was annoying,but your compassion for her was amazing.

I had gone shopping, barely getting inside the store good when the call came. Molly had gotten out and they were having problems catching her to get her back inside the fence. Thankfully, with nothing in the cart, I was able to abandon it and head for the door. Driving as quickly and safely as possibly I made my way home. Almost home I saw a car flashing its lights at me. Not knowing why, I ignored it as I was turning into our dirt road anyway. As soon as I stopped the car I was told that Molly had took off up the road. Leaving everything where it was, car, purse, sanity, I started up the dirt road in search of Molly.

When I was walking up the main road looking for Molly, me on one side, my nephew on the other I was afraid to call for her. I didn’t want her running out into the road. Little did I know, that a quarter of a mile up the road that was exactly what she was doing.

Cars were slowing and easing by her, waiting until she moved out of the way. I was amazed and so very thankful- there were a lot of good folks traveling down the road today.

When I called her, trying to move to where she would get off the road instead of running right down the middle, she heard me and started in our direction. When she got near us, she was afraid, afraid I think that she was imagining things and it wasn’t really me. Afraid that she was in trouble and about to get punished. When she realized that it was indeed me, that I was there and she was not in trouble, she ran straight to me, couldn’t get close enough. She was so glad to see me. She knew, now she was safe.

That is the way I want to be with my Lord. I want to run to Him when I’m afraid. I want to get as close as I can, knowing, now, I’m safe.

This event showed up in my ‘memories’ on a social media site. Reading this brought it all back. Walking up the road, fearing finding Molly struck by a car. Fearing not finding her at all. She wasn’t just another dog. She was this large, goofy, lovable, annoying, frustrating loving pup that was in trouble. I remember the minute we saw her, where she was and what she was doing. I remember, the minute she saw me and came barreling at me, nearly knocking me down in the process. Her face pressed as deeply as she could manage under my chin.

One of the vehicles that had been following her, slowed and watched her as she tried to wiggle even closer. The driver waved and smiled. He knew she was where she was supposed to be. We got her inside my nephew’s car and then road home. We weren’t far, but it was much easier on all of us this way. Back home I watched as she relaxed. She was safe.

As I said in the last line of that status post a year ago, that is the way I want to be with my Lord. Whether I am afraid. If I am worried. If I feel defeated and lost. If I have tried to run from my problems. Trying to escape unknowingly from a safe place to the unknown, getting lost in the process. In the midst of that running, in the middle of the fear and confusion, I want to hear the voice of my Lord, calling my name. Drawing me toward Him. I want to run to Him, to get as close to Him as possible, feeling the security, peace and love that lets me know. I’m safe. I want to rest in His merciful grace.

Life is a strange and fearful thing at times. We struggle to get by, we struggle to survive. There are moments of darkness. There are moments of confusion. We get hungry for understanding. We grow thirsty for hope. Sadness and frustration seems strong, as we seek reasons to smile. There are times, when we feel ignored, abandoned, alone. But we are never alone. And just as I happily and lovingly drew that runaway dog to me, even more so, will He draw us to Himself.

Matthew 28:20
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely Iamwithyoualways, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 11:28Cometome, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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