Fresh Hope – 1st December 2016

Our chocolate Labrador ‘Snoop’, was just a tiny bundle of brown fur when we drove him home that night from the family that had reared him.

He soon found his feet and I had such great fun with him, much to Gillian’s annoyance, as I got him playing underneath my armchair and eventually got him stuck underneath the sofa.

He soon started to do what all the books said he would do…and that was EAT. He had an appetite just as if at every meal time that he’d never seen food before.

Seconds after eating, he would be scouring the place for his next meal.

Things were fine for a few months and then took a turn for the worse. He would writhe in pain on his back and no matter what we did we couldn’t seem to console him. We decided the only thing for it was a trip to the vets. This turned into several examinations and rising costs with no answer forthcoming. Everyone was baffled and he was still rolling in pain.

I decided after several days to pray about the situation and ask God to give me some insight as to what we should do. That night God spoke to me and said…”POTATO!”                                   ‘What on earth did that mean?’, I thought.

My mind started to go back and forth over the last couple of weeks and there lay the answer: Snoop had become obsessed with eating raw potato. Every dog we’ve ever had had loved eating raw carrots and so in my wisdom thought that raw potato would be similarly healthy. I researched dogs and potato and found to my horror that raw potato was like poison. Some owners had posted warnings that potato had resulted in near death and some dogs going into a coma.

Within days of the revelation, Snoop returned to pain free living and normal health and strength.

Sometimes we can be totally bereft of which way to go in a desperate situation. Seeking professional advice is good but can still leave you clueless.

The highest level of wisdom comes from God. He knows the end from the beginning and can instantly know what’s going on inside any complicated situation.

Stuck for answers?

Need a solution?

Consulted everyone but God?

James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Stop panicking…sit down…ask God.

He has the answer.

Pastor Mark

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