My wife, Wendi, and I recently returned from a weekend in the Boston area. My wife flew me up so I could spend a milestone birthday with my family. I am truly blessed with a wonderful wife and family.
The short trip was a great one, and I had the opportunity to see a lot of family members. The flight back started off on a sour note: It was delayed. Wendi and I had a whirlwind week, as it started with a surprise party in Wooster, Ohio, the night before we departed for Massachusetts. It continued with two more parties in Boston and a day spent in Cape Cod watching my niece play ice hockey.
When Monday night came, Wendi and I were ready to get back. News about our flight being pushed back was not well received. We wanted to get home and relax.
There were several factors that delayed our arrival home, including snow and rain in Ohio. The ordeal prompted me to write a devotional thought for our Sunday School Christmas party. Everyone enjoyed hearing the story and encouraged me to have it published. I chose to publish it as an article through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Here is an excerpt:
Thinking back, it was probably a good thing it did take us longer or this story might have ended up with a not-so-happy ending.
By the time we got into the home stretch of our 60-minute ride home from the airport – we were literally two minutes from our home – we saw something in the middle of road. It appeared to be a dog. I am not the smartest man in the world, but I do know this, if I don’t offer to turn around and go get that dog, I am going to have to listen to Wendi get on my case about not turning around to get that dog, and I am still going to have to get that dog. There was also a part of me that did not want to be driving on the road Tuesday morning and see where that dog had been hit.
We turned around as soon as we could and headed back to where we saw the dog. With the lights shining on the animal, I told Wendi, “That’s not a dog, it’s a possum. No, wait a minute, it’s a dog.”
I stopped the Jeep in the middle of the road; got the flashers blinking, and Wendi jumped out to get the dog. At that point, all we knew was for whatever reason, an old, long-haired Dachshund that is blind and deaf is wet, cold, shivering and wandering aimlessly across the road. The dog does not have a collar, a dog license or any other ID tag. We have no clue as to who owned the dog. So, we took it home for the night.
As we pondered what to do with the newly found pooch, it dawned on me how trusting this dog. It began to make me think about my faith and how much trust I have in Jesus. Spoiler alert: This story has a happy ending. With the help of the Wayne County Humane Society, we were able to reunite the dog with his family. In the 3,400-word article, I write in a humorous way the story of finding the dog and his owners, and I conclude by sharing seven lessons I learned from this dog, whose name is Bungy. Here is Lesson 4: Trusting Others:
Bungy made me realize we have to learn to put our trust in someone other than ourselves. Being blind and deaf, Bungy had no choice but to trust others. Jesus said in Matt. 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus wants us to put our complete trust in him, and Bungy made me question just how much trust do I really put in Jesus and how much do I want to be in control of my own life. While I was a student at Cincinnati Christian University, Mark Taylor of Standard Publishing once preached in a chapel service. He said he always wanted to preach a four-point sermon based on the hymn “I Surrender All.” The first point would be “All;” the second, “To Jesus;” the third, “I;” and finally, the fourth, “Surrender.” He told us at the time then he never wrote the sermon because he could not get past the first point, “All.” What did it mean to give Jesus all? What did it encompass? Bungy reminded me that I have yet to give all to Jesus.
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