“Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”
My life seems to constantly made up of waiting for things to happen. When I got pregnant in February there was a great deal of waiting until the first doctor’s appointment at the very end of March where we discovered we had another blighted ovum and needed a DNC. We were advised by the doctor to wait to get pregnant again for at least two months, since this was the second failed pregnancy within a year. Once we no longer had to wait, we are still waiting for a new pregnancy to occur.
I decided I was tired of the cycle of waiting and decided to focus on something else, so my family decided to look for a second dog on whom to lavish affection. We had assumed that we would get a dog closer in age to our first dog who is about six because we didn’t want her alienated and figured a young puppy would be too much work. I prayed the traditional dog finding prayer that had been passed onto me from my Mom: “Lord, provide us with a dog that needs us and also the dog that we need.” Then I felt secure in going forward.
I surfed the adoption sites of area pounds and rescue organizations, examined numerous breeds and types of dogs. Every time we were interested in a dog and contacted the specific organization that sponsored the dog, however, we either were not called back or we were informed that the dog we had been interested in was no longer available. We even had gone so far once that we arrived at the pound and found out that the dog we had wanted had been adopted that morning shortly before we had gotten there.
A month later and we still seemed to be no closer to getting a dog.
Then, one Saturday morning I hopped on the Hartford Pound website to see if there was a dog that would fit our needs. My eyes caught site of a little brown, black and white beagle. The website said she was roughly ten months, which was far younger than I had been looking for and she would require more training than I would have anticipated AND she was a beagle, which I knew had a reputation to be very noisy barkers…..butthere was something about her. I called the pound and inquired about her and the animal control officer invited me to come and meet her along with my husband, my four year old son and my dog. We all piled into the car and headed ten minutes up the road to see the little, flop-eared pup.
Polly was stand-offish and upset to be near the pound where she could hear the dogs barking with distress. She examined the pup from a safe distance. When the pup tried to play with Polly, our old girl was confused and didn’t know how to respond, getting slightly agitated because she wasn’t accustomed to it. Toby was also slightly distant, unsure of how to act around the new dog She was very excited, smelling everything.
Toby looked at her white paws and noticed that they had brown spots. He pointed them out to me and I said, “They’re like little freckles.”
“That’s what we’ll call her!” my son enthused, “Freckles!”
She was pleasant, sweet and very excited. She seemed to be a good choice. I asked for my husband’s opinion and he agreed, so we put in to adopt her. Three days later, on the official day of adoption, we brought her home.
Freckles turned out to be a very good dog for us. Polly seems mildly annoyed with her at times, but at times she agrees to play with the young upstart rival for affection. Polly has had fewer problems and accidents since the puppy came.
I had been discouraged when we couldn’t seem to find the right dog immediately, but we got the dog that we were meant to have in God’s time.
Now I find myself waiting again: I am waiting to hear back about an application to foster another dog.
I had come across an urgent listing for a group of puppies that were in danger of being euthanized if they were not either adopted or fostered as soon as possible. I had gotten the foster application in on Saturday night and had not heard back from them since. My heart is anxious for those puppies if people do not come forward. I am alright if they do not take my application, I just want news that all will be well for them.
I came across the Bible verse from above and realized I am experiencing the same issues I was while waiting to become pregnant or discover if a pregnancy is viable. I do not like waiting, but God has a plan in place. I have done all I can do, now it is out of my hands and I have to trust in Him.
Jesus later said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14: 1, 27
If we went by the world’s standards, we expect to get everything immediately, but that is self-centered thinking and not God-centered thinking. God wants what is best and sometimes that requires time.
We are admonished TWICE within the Psalm verse and for good reason. Waiting has been and will always be hard…particularly for me. In my heart, however, I trust God and believe he will resolve all that worries me. So I will wait on the Lord!