God’s Love and an Injured Pup
by Grace Fox
My husband and I immediately began praying for opportunities to reflect Jesus when we moved aboard a sailboat earlier this year. Several months into marina life, my husband made his prayers more specific: “God, put us in people’s paths when they need help.”
July rolled around. One Monday morning, we learned that a neighbor’s pup had broken its leg the evening prior. The vet at an emergency clinic splinted the leg, but he’d told our new friend that the dog needed surgery to set it properly with pins, and the procedure would cost several thousand dollars.
The dog’s owner, currently unemployed, was devastated. “I don’t know what to do,” he said to us. “I just don’t know what to do.”
I could scarcely believe my ears. I’d never done anything like that, but the whisper seemed so clear that I secured the neighbor’s permission and learned how to launch. Within 72 hours, we’d reached our goal.
Running the campaign gave us a natural opportunity to connect with this man. Spending more time with him than we would have otherwise led to three conversations about life and faith. Sadly, he’s been wounded by professing Christians and, as a result, wants nothing to do with church or Bible-thumping believers. But people who help make it possible for his dog to have a needed surgery? Now that’s a different story. I think we’ll have a friend forever.
The best part of this experience is that everyone in the marina knows who hosted the fund-raising campaign. We suspect we have a reputation here as “religious” folks, but we’re praying that, as a result of building friendships through honestly caring about our neighbors’ needs, they’ll see Jesus in us and want to get to know Him as we do.
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of nine books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She co-directs International Messengers Canada, a ministry that partners with 200 missionaries in 25 countries. www.gracefox.com