Tuesday, July 2, 2013

One Step Forward in Faith

I brought my little Honeybun in for her back X-rays yesterday, hopeful that with this new vet, this second opinion, we might be able to find out why she is having bouts of lameness and collapse. She is so sweet, so uncomplaining, so precious...if I can help her, I so want to.

The vet called at the end of the day and said the X-rays were quite clear and now, at last, we have a diagnosis. Her last lumbar vertebrae is almost completely collapsed on the nerves. It is a deformity, not an injury, so with inflammation, the nerves are pinched and she collapses. The treatment is not a cure, but management of inflammation and pain. The vet feels confident we can do so. The problem is not her hips, was never her hips. All that money on laser treatment of her hips was money down the drain.

As I walked with a friend yesterday, I told her if I had known how much money this little starving dog we rescued on the roadside would end up costing us, would I have rescued her? Knowing her as I do now, of course I would. But back then, before she had entwined herself in my heart...if God had told me as I gazed upon her dying body, "Go ahead, save her, but be forewarned it will cost you thousands of dollars when all is said and done" - would I still have brought her home?

It is a magnificent blessing that God only reveals one moment at a time for us. If He laid out any further foreknowledge than that, I suspect most of us would never want to leave the womb. This is a lesson in how we should live. Our focus should never be directed much further than the next step if we can help it, or we might lose heart. And then we would also lose so much of all the blessings that walking forward not knowing exactly where we are headed might lead.
But those who wait for the Lord ’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired. (Isaiah 40:31 NET)

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

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  1. I needed to be reminded of that... life would be completely overwhelming for me without God

  2. Glad to hear that a diagnosis has finally been reached and I hope that good/appropriate treatment will make her feel better. Sorry that I haven't kept up with your posts lately. It has been hectic, but I always keep you in my mind, heart and prayers. God bless you :-)