How My Dog Taught Me Blind Faith and Trust in Jesus!
By: Elizabeth L. Creecy
Oh that we would hunger to be filled with the Word of God; for there is no greater armor, no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us, and in us, when we go forth in battle equipped and nourished by His instruction and determined to stand firm on His promises.
Let me ask you a question, are you allowing God to lead you, or are you leading yourself, hoping God will bless your path?
It can be challenging to follow the Lord. It’s not as clear-cut as some things, but more abstract. At times it can even feel like a guessing game! That’s where faith comes into play!
Faith without works is dead (James 2:26).
I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I have no idea if I am doing what or going where the Father wants me to do or go! All I can do is pray, get counsel, discern, and step out in faith. I hope for the best, trusting God to reroute me if I have stepped out of His will for my life.
Yet, so many things can get in your way. Like fear, doubt, uncertainty, or feeling uncomfortable walking down a path God has directed you to walk. Let’s be real! The brain is not fond of the unknown or new experiences, especially when it leverages your fears.
Today, I want to share with you what a weird, late-night adventure taught me about blind faith and following Christ!
On January 10th, 2021, my husband, two dogs, and I were at our beach house. We love our beach house. All of us! We are big outdoors people, and I am a big water person, so you can find us at the beach quite often! January 10th is special for me for a few reasons. One, it’s the day Moo came into my life, and this particular anniversary marked a decade for Moo and me. The second reason is it’s the day before I married my best friend, Austin. Now, I have a really awesome husband who entertains my antics and adventures with Moo-Moo. Since Moo and I had been together for a decade, we made the day more about Moo and me.
Let me set things up a little for you. Our beach house is in a community, where there is an island in the middle that holds a few homes, the community pool, and the clubhouse. Daisy, my oldest dog, has to be walked quite a bit. I don’t talk much about Daisy because she’s like a cat and would rather be alone unless she can go on a walk. Now, Daisy is 15-years old and struggles with her sight and hearing. (Praise the Father that He is restoring her sight and hearing). For the most part, Daisy, a 7-pound Maltipoo is bed rested unless she’s on a leash.
Every day, we walk the dogs around that island, which forks off into a neighborhood at the beach. All in all, it’s about a 2.5-mile walk. Now sometimes, when we are heading back to the beach house, we will cross the beach road and walk on the beach home, as we are right on the beach road. Moo loves the beach, and Daisy loves the wind. However, the sand is not always dog friendly to the dogs that have hair versus fur. Our dogs have hair! That’s why we don’t always walk on the beach.
Now at night, we also walk the dogs just around the island because we try to walk Daisy as much as she wants. I couldn’t imagine not having 2 of my senses and being bedridden, so I try to do all I can for her to have a great life.
Here is where the lesson started:
It was about 8:45 pm when Austin and I took Moo-Moo and Daisy out on a walk. We planned to walk the island a few times and head home. I was in my PJs and slippers. The walk went as always until we got to the fork, where our morning walk breaks off into the neighborhood. Suddenly, Moo, first looking at me to read my face, starts pulling me down the path that goes to the neighborhood. I submitted out of curiosity, being obsessed with my dog, and it was our 10th anniversary. I figured maybe he needed to go number 2. We got halfway down the street in that neighborhood and had bypassed all his typical spots where he does his business. This is entirely out of the norm for him. In 10-years, he’s never done something like this.
I told Austin, “maybe Moo is taking us on a Lassie moment, and we are going to save someone!” Austin, too, was curious but didn’t think it was going to be a Lassie moment. 🤣 We talked back and forth about where Moo was taking us, figuring that maybe he wanted to go to the beach. You see, it had been a few weeks since he had gone on the beach.
I was fulling submitting to him and going where he wanted to go, in my slippers. We must do the same when submitting to Jesus. I chose to follow Moo. I chose to lay down my life for Moo (John 13:38) – to put aside my plans for that evening and follow Moo to where he wanted me to go. Jesus says in Matthew 16:24:
Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Here Jesus plainly states what is involved in being his disciple: denial of self, crossing bearing, and following Him. When Jesus says we must deny ourselves, He means we must yield to His control so entirely that self has no rights whatsoever. I did this with Moo. I put down my will. Now, please don’t take this out of context. I know Moo is not Jesus. I am merely trying to make the parallel here. To make the abstract of following Jesus a bit more tactile.
Now, to pick up the cross means the willingness to endure shame, suffering, and persecution for Jesus’ sake. And to follow Jesus means to live as He lived.
I chose to do all of this at a very inconvenient time for me. Wearing slippers is not ideal when walking a 2.5-mile walk. I never once guided Moo forward. He had complete control. I only tried to turn Moo around, but he would have none of it. He put his little breaks on and crouched to the ground.
Here is a quick fun fact about Moo! He can get out of anything. He’s jumped 4 feet fences and climbed fences. He knows how to escape his crate and harnesses. We have gone through about 14-harnesses and have only found two that he can’t get out of, but I don’t put it past him. With that being said, I am always mindful when trying to turn him around. I kept trying to get him to go back to our place, but NOPE he wouldn’t! So we continued…
Here we were, Daisy, Austin, and I following and submitting ourselves to a 10-lb dog at 9 pm, in our PJs, with no flashlight or supplies. That’s when it hit me. This is what following Chris is like! It’s a choice. You have to make the choice to do it, but you also have to learn. If I was walking a dog that was not my own, I promise you I wouldn’t have done this. Essentially, you have to create a relationship with Christ to follow Him. It’s a good thing God works outside of Newton’s time.
On the walk, we didn’t have any light but the ambient light around us. Since I was with my husband, I was not too worried about what could happen. However, it’s important to note I can be a cautious person. But, as I took one step forward in the dark, I thought about what Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I couldn’t see far in the darkness, but the Father illuminated every step I took. We could only focus on taking one step at a time. That’s what God wants you to do too. To trust Him. To let Him establish your steps (Proverbs 16:9). God’s Word is a lamp to your feet, but you have to know His Word. Make the choice today to commit to learning about who Jesus is!
We know that Moo would not take us into danger, just like we know we can trust the Father to protect us (2 Thess. 3:3). We know that Moo is a loving and hilarious spirit, so most likely, we were going to laugh our butts off once we got this unknown destination (Proverbs 3:5-6). I think it’s similar to our walk with Jesus. We know Jesus’ character. We know that Christ is the light of the world, and when we follow Him, we do not walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). We know His character is only goodness and love.
Since we were following Moo to a destination only, he knew it reminded me of what Jeremiah 29:11 says.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
You don’t know precisely what God has in store for you. Still, you do know that His plans for your life are not to hurt you but to give you hope, which I think sometimes involves laughter or intense moments of joy, and a future. Since we know this, it’s easier to trust Him! The Father always wants to teach you more about Him and His kingdom. The question is, are you going to abide in Him and do what He asks you to do when He asks you to do it? Or are you going to put your will and desires ahead of the Lord’s?
Anyways, we kept walking, fully submitting to Moo. Never did I once dictate his next step except when I was trying to get him to turn around to go back home. Moo ended up walking us the exact path we walk to go to the beach. Immediately we started laughing because we couldn’t believe Moo knew the exact path to go to the beach, and we could see him doing this on his own too. I wasn’t excited to walk on the beach in my slippers, but because I love him so much, I did.
I never thought I would find myself walking with my husband and dogs on the beach in my slippers at 9 pm. If I’m honest, never did I want to walk on the beach in my slippers either.
My point is this. Submitting to Jesus is a choice. As Austin and I had consciously spoken about how we would follow Moo and see where he took us, you have to have the same curiosity and love. But it isn’t easy to trust or follow someone when you don’t know their character. That is why it is essential to read your Bible and do more than a 15-minute devotional every day. You must get to know Jesus’ righteousness.
John 10:27 says,
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
When you spend time with Jesus, and I mean more than 15 min a day, you learn who Jesus is, what He sounds like, and how he operates. Understanding this helps you to identify and discern when the Godhead is speaking to you or the devil. When you know his voice, and he knows you, it’s easier to follow him.
How can you better follow Christ? Is God trying to take you somewhere that you are refusing to go?
Prayer: Father God, thank you for all you have done in my life. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for your grace and redemption when I mess up. I see that I don’t always submit to you. I see that my will gets in the way. Father, I ask you to help me to submit myself to you fully. Please help me to discern when I am going my way versus your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.