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Walking with Scout

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.   Job 12:7-8

 Job knew it; the animals and the natural world teach us about the works of God.  Children and pets are a natural; wise parents utilize the bond to help young ones grasp valuable lessons such as responsibility, compassion and nurturing.  Caring for the needs of animals is a characteristic of those who live in right relationship with the Lord.  (That doesn’t mean elevating animals above humanity—that’s another topic altogether!)  Our children have enjoyed animals in our home since childhood.  Lately, though, I have been learning much from our youngest instructor, a one-year old boxer named Scout.

When my morning devotions are wrapped up, I try to take Scout for a walk.  Along the way, I spend some time prayerfully dressing for my day.  Before I put on my armor (Ephesians 6:11-17), I don the undergarments from Colossians 3:12-16.  As I work through my list…mercy, kindness and gentle strength, Scout often shatters my quiet requests.  Seeing a squirrel (or perhaps a moth), he throws his 70 pounds at it with joy.  Gentleness seldom makes it as my first response!  I love that God deepens lofty truths with tiny intruders like moths.  My good intentions are worthless without the power of the Spirit—because just like my dog, I am easily distracted.

You called?Scout teaches me about my walk with the Lord in other ways too.  At home, in the quiet, I am the love of Scout’s life.  Watching me cook in the kitchen or curled on the couch next to me, his soulful eyes speak volumes.  Or, if need be, he talks to me with groans, yowls and barks until I “get it.”  When I delay too long at walk-time, he’ll deliver the leash to me.  Yet on that walk, I continually have to remind him that I am in charge.  Sad to say, he reminds me of my walk with God. At devotion time or when I’m worshipping or studying, my eyes are fixed on the Lord.  I see Him so clearly; I know Him so well.  Then, I go out into the world to live for Him—and I chase things I should not, eat things that are not good for me and ignore his restraints. God remains gentle and patient with me.  I am learning, and so is Scout.  One day at a time, with good intentions, mistakes and mercy, our relationships grow.  How are you learning from your pet?  I’d love to have you share below.

About Billie Jo

Billie Jo is wife to Craig and mom to Rusty and Riesa. Formerly employed in the human service industry, the past fifteen years have been dedicated to homeschooling.

She is a freelance writer for a number of print and internet publications. She is also passionate about serving in the community. She works in a GED preparation ministry and a community-based servant program that provides opportunities for youth to serve others.

It is passion for the love of Jesus and His transforming work that motivates her writing and serving. “I love to see God at work in the lives of others and this is the way I see best.”

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  1. Lili

    I love this! We can indeed learn much about ourselves, and even things of God, from our animals…such as unconditional love. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story about Scout!

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