Our basset hound Roscoe P. Coltrane came to our family as a gift to our youngest son Nathan at Christmas. What an adorable long eared pup who tripped as he ran over those huge ears. When our son moved away, we took over caring for Roscoe and so he became a fixture of our household and during the course of all these years, he taught us many lessons.
|Roscoe P. Coltrane|
Second, Roscoe taught me about perseverance. How many animals could survive the extreme things he did? He nearly died from bloat (a twisted stomach that cuts off circulation), a cancerous tumor in his spleen resulting in surgery to remove it and finally nearly drowning in our pool. All were close calls, but Roscoe soldiered through each challenge to come back strong. Those of us found in Christ are also called to persevere. It is no surprise that life is hard on this fallen planet on which we live. We face trials, sickness, loss and heartache, but when we are in Christ, we are more than conquerors. Jesus spoke these words of encouragement (John 16:33): "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Like Roscoe, we can persevere through hardship and the difficulties we face each day not in our own power but with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, Roscoe knew how to relax, rest and sleep. Nothing seemed to disturb him. He was the consummate connoisseur of nap time. In the same way, we can walk in perfect peace knowing that we are safe in the Father's hands. Because He keeps us, we need not fear. We can rest like Roscoe in sweet peace.
I miss our basset hound so much as he brought us joy and laughter. More than this, though, he reminded us of the important qualities of our faith like unconditional love, perseverance in the face of hard times and how to have peace. Each one of these qualities is a means of identifying those who love our Savior. Let us practice these qualities and put them to good use for the glory of Christ! If a dog can do it, I KNOW that in Christ