Eighteen years ago after many lengthy discussions with my husband we both decided to buy our daughter a puppy, at the time she was 11 years old. She chose a King Charles spaniel and she named him Trigger. My daughter loved her dog so much however I experienced real problems accepting this tiny, vulnerable puppy into my home and life. At this time I was a Roman Catholic and I believed in God with all my heart and I prayed really hard to accept this dog as part of our family. At the time I never really understood the work of the Holy Spirit and how He could set me free from this bondage and fear that I had towards dogs. It became extremely difficult for me to be comfortable in my home with Trigger living in it. I thought about finding Trigger a new home but my real problem was that my daughter adored him and so did my son and husband. I prayed really hard to God asking for help, I even paid to see a councillor to try to find a way that I could accept Trigger. It would take too long to explain the reasons in this blog however I decided that Trigger had to go. Finding the courage and the words to tell my daughter was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. As you can imagine she was heartbroken and she sobbed and sobbed and sobbed for what seemed like forever.
My daughter is now 29 years old and she still has a box with Trigger's favourite things in it. Trigger went to a good home where he lived with a hairdresser who had his own business so he was with people who loved him all day long. The new owner agreed for my daughter to visit whenever she wanted however when she did go and visit him it was always so painful for her to say goodbye.
|Prince as a puppy - Source: Own|
I wrote this blog so I could share how good and amazing God is and it is only because of the power of the Holy Spirit living in me that I could learn to love Prince. I believe with all my heart that I am protected every day by the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Having Trigger and then giving him up was a very sad and painful time for my family, pain that on one level I feel that I caused to the people I love. If I knew the Holy Spirit at that time the way I know him now I believe that Trigger would have stayed. God’s perfect love would have cast out all my fears at that time 1 John 4:18 ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love’.
A few months after having Prince I went back to see Trigger. I went back to see him for me not for him. I wanted to somehow let him know I was sorry, even though I knew as a dog he would not understand. When I got there his owner told me that he had passed away a few months earlier. My heart felt sad that I had missed the opportunity to see him but I could hear God’s words comforting me and telling me that there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and all things will come together for good at the right time for those who Believe and Trust in God (Romans 8:28).
God Is Good All The Time AMEN.
Author: Christina O’Neill
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