Last night our dogs escaped out the front door,
Lulu, the middle one, who looks possessed was left behind by the two dogs on the ends.
I recovered her immediately, but the other two were gone for hours.
Desperate I prayed they were safe and kept hoping they would come home.
Quentin got on his bike and searched the walking trails.
Alice and her friend Tori went on foot.
Joely and I hosted a Daisy scout meeting.
David came home from Art Club and joined me in the search in the van
We drove the whole neighborhood and then left to search other neighborhoods.
David prayed that he would know where they were.
He was certain they were at the park, with the splash pad.
When we got there (because of traffic it had been about 30 minutes) they weren't there.
We went back home, but he was certain they were at the park.
He heard barking, Quentin thought he saw Truffles (it was another black dog, but not truffles)
Alice and I got back in the van to go to the park.
And there they were, happy, smelly and ready to get in the van to ride home.
What a happy ending.
But it doesn't end there, it's an eternal testament that God answers prayers. He heard our prayers and kept them safe, we are very grateful , but as a mother I am more grateful that my 14 year old son knew how to pray specifically for an answer.
Jesus concludes His Sermon on the Mount with an admonition in Matthew chapter 7,
"Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you"
David asked, we sought and kept knocking and they were found.
In St Luke 12:24-28, He says
ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?Consider the a And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the alilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; ahow much more you, O ye of little faith?"
He knows how much we love our dogs, He knew that we prayed in faith. I'll be forever grateful for last night,not just for the safe return, but because of the eternal truth my children learned,
"GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS"I'm reminded of my own testimony of prayer and when it began. I was five and my brother was 8. For some reason I had to stay after in Kindergarten and Brian didn't know what to do because he had to walk me home but he couldn't be late either. So he knelt down under a tree and prayed to Heavenly Father to send out mom to school. She testified that the Spirit told her in loud voice, "Go to the school, your children need you." She went and Brian was confidently waiting for her, he said, "I prayed you would come"
Since that day I have not doubted.
So many times prayers are answered without such dramatic results. Bless the food, He does, it "nourishes and strengthens us" . He brings all home safely each day, just like we ask. My children do well in school and are happy. Our parents are in His watchful care, "blessing our loved ones both near and far"