For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
-Matthew 6:21 NRSV
Shortly after our foster son moved in with us, he began asking if we could get a dog. Life was overwhelming at that point. We were raising a 14-year-old boy with a traumatic past and were caring for my elderly out of state uncle and aunt, both in declining health and requiring more care. Taking on a dog seemed too daunting.
Over the months, Quentin persisted with his request for a dog so we set a goal for him and said we would get a dog once he reached the goal. Situations at home deteriorated and we were weary. Almost a year later, Quentin met his goal and reluctantly, we adopted an 8-week-old golden retriever.
Once Sasha turned 10 months old and could do long walks, we started looking for locale places where we could walk her off leash. We were surprised how many wonderful walking/hiking trails were so close by and we realized these are places we never would have discovered if we didn’t have a dog.
At first, these long walks seemed burdensome. And then something changed. When we were deep in the woods, I would notice rays of sunlight through a canopy of trees. Or when we walked into a pine grove, I would smell the damp pine scented earth. In winter, I came to appreciate the warmth of the sun on my back or I would be taken in by the beauty of the bright sun light on a field of white glistering snow. Just being outside enjoying the brisk fresh air was exhilarating and these walked became a treasured part of my day.
Quentin is now 20 years old and no longer lives with us and my uncle and aunt have passed away – so life is quieter. Paul and I have gotten older (as has Sasha) and we still enjoy taking daily long walks with our beloved pet and noticing God’s subtle hints that he is walking right along with us.
Thank you, Lord, for anticipating our needs and for creating such wonderful treasure in the world. Amen.