I’ve always loved animals. I grew up having pets all my life. After my accident my mom decided I needed some cheering up and surprised me with a teacup pug. That little dog loved me and followed me everywhere I went for fifteen years. She was definitely a shining light who helped me cope after my injury. When she died I was so sad. It was as if part of the new me was gone too. She had been a little piece of heaven and a sense of joy for so many years since my accident. It was hard to think of life without her.
About a year after she had passed, the thought came to mind about getting another dog, but I still wasn’t quite ready. I knew when I finally did get one that I was through with the small dogs. I really wanted a canine companion but knew that the list was forever long to get one and I really didn’t want to go that route. I just decided no dog was better for now.
A few months later some of my family heard on the news that there were a bunch of Australian Shepherd rescues down at the Humane Society and they wanted to go see if they could find one for themselves. They asked me to come along to see if maybe I could find another dog, too. I insisted I wasn’t ready still and sent them on their way without me. About ten minutes after they left I sensed an extreme pull in my spirit and heard the Lord telling me, “it’s time to go get a new dog.” As soon as I heard it I thought, Oh no, I must be hearing things.. “Sorry, Lord, nope I’m not ready for another dog.” The Lord continued with, “no it is time, so get going.” I argued back and forth for five or ten minutes and finally conceded with a “well, I’ll go look, but just look.”
Off I headed to the Humane Society thinking all the way down there, “I’m not coming home with a dog.” When we arrived I browsed around trying not to get too attached to anything, yeah, okay… then we went in the puppy room. There he was, this yellow lab mix puppy laying there calm as could be in his kennel among all the other yelping and rambunctious puppies. He was so peaceful and content just looking around at all the commotion going on.
I thought he was cute and I was intrigued, but continued on to look at the others. While I was looking around I kept being drawn back to him, so I decided to take a closer look. They picked him up and put him in my lap and he just laid there calm and content. Something about him just felt right. I looked to see what his name was and the folks at the Humane Society had named him, Elijah, which means, “the Lord is my God”. I thought, “well, with that name you must be the one!”
While I did resist it first, I knew deep inside as soon as I started heading down there I would come home with a dog because the Lord told me go. At the time I knew it was God because even though I was saying the opposite I had an inner peace about it… I just wasn’t ready to admit it at the time. I am so thankful I listened because that dog has brought so much love and joy in to my life. God’s timing is always perfect and when He brings something/someone in to your life you have to trust it’s the right time. Not a day goes by that Elijah doesn’t do something that makes me stop and thank the Lord for bringing him in to my life. He is so sweet and loving, and not only does he show me love, but he also has been taught to help open doors for me to go outside, and chime an alarm if I need to call for assistance. He was my hand picked canine companion directly from the Lord.
I believe God can speak through anything. If He can speak through a donkey, or a burning bush as we read in the bible He can certainly speak through a dog. 1 John 4: 16 says, “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Elijah is a special gift from heaven and I thank God for him. I see God shining through him everyday through the love he pours out to me.