It has been quite some time since I last updated my blog. A lot has been going on in life here in Austria, and I wanted to share some recent thoughts with you.
A month or so ago, I received news from my mom, that Tesla, our families dog had to be put to sleep. Initially I was a bit disappointed to hear this news, but it didn’t really sink in until a few days later. I remember praying one morning, and just really venting my frustration at God. Second only to seeing my friends and family again, was the desire to see my puppy again.
I would often think about how it would be coming home, and seeing him there greeting me at the door, and taking him for a jog again.
As I was venting at God, I was reminded of a story of the prophet of Jonah.
Jonah 4:5-11 “5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?””
What really struck me about this story is God’s response to Jonah, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night.” It was then that I realized, yes, I spent time training our dog, and taking him with me jogging, but it was really God, who allowed us to have this puppy. The evening when we got our puppy, he was very sick, and we weren’t sure if he would survive. But after a week of taking him to the shelter every night for treatment, he survived and we were able to enjoy having him for a couple of years.
The main lesson that I believe God wanted to teach me was to be thankful for the gifts that He gives, and to enjoy them while we can.
So, now I can say, I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with our dog, and am thankful that we were able to have him for as long as we did.
Thank you again for all of your prayers and support