Sunday, November 2, 2008

Spiritual Sundays - The White Dog


I have no picture of this remarkable dog, but I will tell you the story.
When our children were young, I was a jogger. Every morning, I would get up early and run around the park area near our home.

One morning, I had just started out, when a big white dog joined me and jogged along beside me as if he had been doing this for years. It made me feel very safe to have this huge dog running with me. Halfway around the park, a rabbit ran across our path and I thought, "There goes the dog. He's bound to chase after the rabbit!" But the dog ignored the rabbit and stayed right beside me. We passed a construction area, and a big truck with workers in it drove by - but I felt very secure with my jogging companion.

Arriving home, I collapsed in a chair on our front patio, and my dog friend lay down beside me, looking at me as if to say "We had a good run, didn't we?"

Wanting the children to see the dog, I poked my head in the front door and called them to come out. As I turned around, the dog was gone. I looked up and down the street and up the hill in the back yard, thinking I would see him leaving. It had only been a minute - no time for him to get very far away. There was no sign of the dog.

As I pondered this incident, I wondered if this white dog could have been an angel sent to protect me from some unknown danger. The Scripture verse came to mind from Psalms 91:11 "For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways." Or in the Living Bible "For He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go."

I never saw the dog again, although I looked for him every time I jogged.
I will never forget him, or God's watchcare protection over me that one morning.

28 comments:

Smilingsal said...

According to the Bible, God does send angels to watch over us; I never read about a dog, however. The important thing is to thank God for being with you.

Cherdecor said...

Oh, how I loved your story, Ruthie! I do believe that God was using the dog to protect you from harm that you did not realize. I think that when we are young, God uses such incidents to help us along in our faith. He doesn't always show us that we are being protected even though we are.

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog this morning. Have a blessed Lord's Day!

char72 said...

Wow Ruthie, what a wonderful testimony. Yes, I believe God uses lots of different ways to protect his children. Thank you for sharing this.
Charlotte

Clif said...

Wow! What a great story teller you are. I don't know if the dog was sent by God. It probably was. But I do know this. You have that treasure in your heart and you KNOW! By sharing this part of your life you have blessed us all.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Ruthie what a great story! I do believe that God sent you an angel. Thank-you for sharing that story. I got chills when I read it.
God Bless,
Ginger

Becky said...

I got chills like Ginger did. You just never know what God protects you from or how He does it, do you? Thanks for sharing your story.

Joyfull said...

What a beautiful story of God's protection. Thank you for sharing.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a wonderful story! I bet it was an angel!!

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God Chaser said...

thanks for sharing this story very encouraging reminder God is with us in dangers seen and unseen- His eye is always on us. Be blessed

squawmama said...

Your story was very spirtual which was a good choise for Sunday...I loved it...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a wonderful story Ruthie, I think the white dog was sent to protect you :).

Have a wonderful evening!
Blessings,
Kathi :)

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Ruthie..
I love this story, I do believe the Lord does send his angels or assigns them to us as well.Thanks for sharing ths sweet sweet story with us Ruthie.

Hugz Lorie

micey said...

wow!

Aimee said...

Hi Ruthie! I just love your stories about your experiences! God truly is our protector.

Hope you have been doing well.

Happy November!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Ruthie, angels have been on my mind so much lately. This is such a wonderful account of how the Lord can send us an angel. You may never know what having that dog with you that morning prevented. He watches over us and if He had the angels helping people thousands of years ago why wouldn't we have them. He never changes! Great post!!!!

BP said...

Thanks for sharing that. I think you're right....that was a special dog. Isn't that interesting you only saw him that one time!

Megan DiMaria said...

What a cool story. Thanks for sharing!

A prisoner of hope,
Megan

Chris said...

That was a great story, makes you wonder.

Hugs,
Chris

Sweetie said...

What a wonderful story. I truly do believe that the dog was sent by God. God was watching you from above.
Sweetie

Shelia said...

Evening, Ruthie. Loved your story. You know, I believe God does send angels to protect in the form of other beings. I have a couple of similar stories and believe with all my heart that my God was protecting me. Thanks for sharing this marvelous story!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Sharon said...

Oh....my.....gosh....! My grandmother had a very similar story! She was a young lady working at a bakery and she had to go in very early in the morning like 5:00 am. She had to walk and she was scared, but every day there was a big white dog that was waiting to walk with her! He was there every single day that she worked! Isn't that amazing! Our God is soooo good!

Hugs, Sharon

Robin Lambright said...

What an amazing story.

A very long time ago my husband and I went on a camping trip with his parents. We all stayed together in a very small camper. During this trip I came down with a very nasty case of the stomach flu.

After several trips back and forth to the bath house in the middle of the night I eventually got so tired and opted to settle down on a lounge chair within a short walking distance to a small tash can (a little to much infomation I know) but what I remember inbetween bouts of nausia was this wonderful large white dog who came up and setteled down beside me and stayed with me all night long and watched over me while I was sick.

I was such a comfort to me to reach down and just place my hand on this dog and know that as everyone rested comfortably in their tents and campers this dog was there just being with me.
When I read this post I was immediatly reminded of that white dog of so long ago!
HMMMMMMMMM makes you think!
Blessings
Robin

Ruthie said...

Whew! Thanks for all your comments. So interesting to hear other stories about protection from a large white dog!!!
Thanks to God for His care and protection of us.
Hugs. Ruthie

Technonana said...

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!!! AND HE WATCHES OVER HIS CHILDREN!!
As my youngest child returned home in the wee hours of the morning from a concert... she began to notice a problem with her car..she called me to tell me of the difficulty with her car... She didn't know that I had already been up praying. As she got off the interstate, a car followed her into the neighborhood and right to our door. Then shouted and said, just making sure you got home safely!!! could have been an angel!

Jan Parrish said...

Yes Mom, I think it was an angel.

G.L.H. said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of God's provision for us! I agree, it sounds like an "angel" in disguise!

--Barbara

Tina ♥ said...

This is an amazing story. Something similar happened to me yesterday when my daughter and I were rescued in the snow.

God bless,
Tina :)

Susan B said...

Hi Ruthie,
I just found you through Tina's blog. Someone left a link regarding this story. What a wonderful story. It's comforting to know that God always watches over us. God bless.