Bentley, my little 7-month-old Schnauzer,
got neutered a few days ago.
So Amos (my 9-year-old Schnauzer) and I were
without him for a day and a half.
It was hard to leave the little guy at the vet’s knowing he was scared
and didn’t understand why I left him.
I remembered when I had cataract surgery a couple of years ago.
Even though it was a minor surgery and done as an out-patient,
I remembered the feeling of being alone in the prep room
waiting for the medical staff to roll my bed into surgery.
I knew if my parents were alive, they would have been with me.
Again, even though it was a minor surgery, just being all alone really
And then it happened . . .
In the midst of being the only one in the room,
God’s Spirit wrapped me in His arms
and reminded me in the sweetest way
that I wasn’t alone
and that I’d never be alone.
His presence was so real.
I actually had a worshipful experience
while waiting for surgery.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” (Matthew 10:29
Aren’t you glad God cares about every single thing in our lives?
Whether it’s minor surgery . . .
missing deceased loved ones
or worrying about a pet,
He genuinely cares.
By the way, Bentley is back home now.
Within two hours, he had completely
demolished his inflatable surgical doggie collar
I had purchased for him so he wouldn’t have to wear
the “cone of shame.”
He also chewed through a pair of my favorite shoes,
hid my car key and dragged my clean laundry
(before I’d had a chance to fold it
and put it away)
through the doggie door into the backyard.
Even Amos sighs.
But we still love him.
Cuddle with him.
And don’t give up on him.
Just like God with us.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but “we have not because
we ask not” (or something close to that) . . . so if God moves you to
make a donation to this ministry during the month of December—
when things can get lean for evangelists—I’ll send you a tax donation
receipt for your files, because I’m a 501-C3.
You can write a check to Susie Shellenberger Ministries and send to
me at: 7012 N. Lake Front Drive; Warr Acres, OK 73132