This week’s guest blog, is written by Susan Johnson, a person who cares deeply about the heath and wellbeing of all animals.
I am a great lover of animals and have been a supporter of the RSPCA for many years. Just recently I was part of the local Animal Shelter float/walkers with animals, in our town’s Tulip Time parade. The shelter won best float and our collection buckets should provide well for present shelter needs.
I say this, to explain my feelings the day my husband and I were in the car driving down our main road. Rounding a corner we were horrified to see two tiny little terriers racing ahead, first on the road, then back on the pavement. I cried out to my husband to stop the car and I jumped out, calling to the dogs, but they took no notice of me. I ran back to the car, and we continued to follow them as they heedlessly raced across side streets in the traffic.
I fought back tears, as I feared that one or both would be killed. Suddenly after about half a kilometre, I realised the state I was in, and that if anything could be done, I had to get myself together. I jumped out of the car and looked around. I felt completely defeated, but I took these feelings to God. ‘Dear God’, I prayed, ‘I am utterly helpless here. Please help me save them. I know that all things are possible to You.”
Almost immediately, the dogs slowed down and my husband was able to guide them into a side street. I ran to the first open gateway I saw, intending to ask the owner to help us catch them so I could put them in our car. As I did, the little dogs ran in beside me, tails wagging, as they happily greeted a young guy in the doorway. We had inadvertently found their owner!
This single father, raising a young family, had only just returned from work. He was shocked to realise the dogs had escaped through a hole in his fence and stunned that we had chased them so far. He was very grateful, as the terriers were a mother and daughter who belonged to his girls.
I must say I was euphoric at saving the little terriers. My husband and the dog’s owner were completely amazed. Out of all the houses in the area, we had found the right one! As a lover of animals, I was overjoyed that God had been caring for the dogs, ensuring their health and wellbeing every step of the way.
Much later, I remembered that it was an earlier healing from God that had made this happy ending possible. Some years ago, I had gone through a lengthy period where my feet were so painful I could barely walk, let alone run. However, through prayerful treatment from a Christian Science practitioner and my own prayers, I am now able to walk normally again. That healing, along with others I have experienced over the years, is what has given me the confidence to turn to God in every situation.
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I’m a professional Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher. Through my prayer-based practice, I help people find happiness, health and healing. As a writer on the connection between spirituality and health I share inspiring can-do tips and ideas.