When our boys were 5 and 7 yrs old one of my prayers for them was to have a dog. Growing up my brother and I had a lot of fond memories of Herbie our little poodle mix. As parents my husband and I wanted our children to have some special moments similar to ours growing up. Although we now wrestled with the fact our money was tight and our cottage home small… a tight situation on both ends. I began praying asking God with these specifications….for a little dog that was also CHEAP. Trusting in a God who loves to give us the desires of our heart.
One day while answering the phone I was delighted to hear my bubbly friend and mentor, Michelle on the other end. In her trademark cheerful tone mixed with passionate zeal, she exclaimed… “Guess what Lisa !?”, to which I replied, “What” trying to reach her level of enthusiasm. She chimed in with such exuberance it could have motivated a failing football team into the state championships.
“God says you’ve got mail” she said eagerly making me laugh at her perky statement. Being a routinely self confessing Eeyore from time to time, I greatly appreciated having a Tigger bouncing around to lift my occasional drooping spirits.
After our conversation ended there was a new found spring in my step faintly resembling that of “T I DOUBLE GER” throughout my day’s errands. Finishing up that afternoon with a trip to our neighborhood post office, I amused myself while waiting in line by reading the signs below the counter. An unfamiliar sign was posted that caught my eye which simply read “Lost dog ask clerk”. When it came time to step up to the counter my casual statement to the clerk was , “Oh how’s the lost dog doing?” trying to engage her in a brief exchange of pleasantries, She didn’t miss a beat by saying, “Would you like us to bring her over to your house today?” I’m like whoa!.. that was not what I was expecting to hear, neither was I expecting to hear myself blurt out an unwavering “Yes.” Walking away from the counter wondering what just happened.
That same day at 3.00 p.m a sweet lady mail carrier brought over a puppy cute as a button. A Blue Heeler–Boarder Collie– with a splash of Corgi in the mix. All dressed in a striking black and white coat. Upon opening the front door she wasted no time cleaning up a bounty of cheerios the boys had spilled the living floor. This act alone sealed the deal for me, her efficient clean up worked better than any vacuum cleaner I ever owned… making Kerby, Hoover, or Dyson completely fitting names if my husband agreed to keep this loveable pooch. A petite four legged creature she became fast a friend with the boys and I, waiting only for a quick nod of my husband’s approval… and that is exactly what he did.
Within 24 hours we had our little, cheap (free!), and I might add, cute dog I had been praying for. God is so good, He gives us exceedingly, abundantly more than we could think or ask for. When petitioning for a family pet my prayers never included asking for a new collar, or for our new dog to have all its’ current shots from the vet. However, the kind woman that brought us our new doggie, provided both as a gift. Through the generosity of this woman God added in all the bells and whistles for good measure.
I Corinthians 2:12 God says He wants us to realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly bestowed on us. More appropriately than naming her after a vacuum cleaner we decided to name her Buttons because she truly is as cute as one. Currently we have had our precious little dog for over 14 years. She has been sweet and dear companion to all of us.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
Today, God is saying to each of us, “You’ve got mail”, and we can be sure it’s definitely not junk!