Daily Devotional for April 26, 2023

Shannon and I have Dr. Wright as our large animal vet.  He’s great.  Shannon and I have Dr. Brown as our small animal vet.  She’s great.  The term to describe our situation is “Veterinarian Schizophrenic.”

Yesterday, we took our little hairless dog to Dr. Brown.  Ziggy is an American Hairless.  She’s not what you would call a looker.  Her only hair is on the top of her head and the tip of her tail.  She will never win a beauty contest, but I love that little monster. 

During yesterday’ exam, Dr. Brown addressed a very serious neurological issue that will require a lot of time and treatment.   She also told us Ziggy needs some of her teeth removed, including her canines.  These are the teeth that keep Ziggy’s tongue in her mouth.

That’s when I realized my little, creepy looking dog is going to look even weirder with her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth.  Poor thing, if Ziggy didn’t have bad luck, she’d have no luck at all.

While some would see Ziggy’s life an unfortunate chain of events, they don’t understand.  Ziggy has actually won the lottery of life because Shannon and I cherish her and will do whatever it takes to keep her well, safe, and secure.  We love our little whirling dervish, and her bad luck won’t change how we feel or our commitment.

This got me thinking.

While there may be times when your life feels unfair, unfortunate, and unjust, you, like Ziggy, have won the lottery of life, because no matter what happens, God has chosen to love you, be an active presence in your life, and bring you home.   

I hope you are at a good place in life, but if not, please remember God is holding your hand and walking with you on the bumpy road.  Ultimately, God will bring good, peace, and healing.  Trust him.

After Jesus’ resurrection, before he sent the disciples out to convert the world, he knew they would face excruciatingly difficult times.  He wanted them to know they would not face the hardships of life alone.  He said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

God will not let you face life alone.  God loves you that much.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for your presence, guidance, and never-ending love.  Help me remember you are always with me.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

This morning, as you walk out the front door of your house to face a new day, know you can handle whatever life throws your way because God is with you. 

Also, remember if you have to have your canine teeth removed and your tongue is hanging out the side of your mouth, while you may look pretty weird, God will still love you.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins