I used to drive into town from the suburbs almost every day of the week. I’m usually like a deer with eyes fixed on the headlights. I don’t often notice what’s going on In my periphery. My eyes usually stay focused on the road ahead.
Each day, however, I couldn’t help but notice an older fellow walking down the side of the road with his Golden Retriever. They appeared to be long- time friends. The man would throw a stick ahead of him – the dog galloped to retrieve it. He would stop to rest and his dog lay his head in the man’s lap. It was clear they cared very much for each other.
Occasionally the man would be pedaling on an old dilapidated relic of a bike. The dog’s leash was held tightly in his hand and the dog kept up a steady pace alongside his master. The man deliberately cranked away on the pedals, but it was apparent he wasn’t going to go very fast. The dog often pulled the weight of the bike and the man, but he didn’t seem to mind.
One day I saw the two of them sitting on a bench sharing a sandwich. They seemed inseparable. It didn’t take too long to realize that the lonely man was blind. His dog was a dedicated service animal.
I don’t live in that neighborhood anymore, but the memory of the special bond that connected those two is still very vivid to me. The dog had become the eyes the man had lost and the man became the nurturer that the dog needed.
It’s good to have someone to rely on when we need help – when we can’t do things on our own – when we feel alone or lost. Our God is available 24/7. He wants to get us through the tough times. His desire is for our complete happiness. Call in Him. He’s waiting to hear from you.
Originally posted on June 18, 2014