Jesus to the Rescue

It’s not often that I have a burst of fresh insight while walking my dogs in the rain at six o’clock in the morning. But I had one today.

Now mind you, I consider my dogs to be among the best behaved canines in the world. Chalk it up to good parenting. Well, my parental pride aside, each morning we encounter a lady on our walk with a not-so-nice dog, a yappy little thing that snips and snaps and growls at my precious puppies. And every morning, I chalk that dog’s misbehavior to — what else? — poor parenting.

But this morning, my fellow dog walker seemed especially embarrassed and ashamedly explained, “I’m so sorry. She’s a rescue dog.”

A rescue dog.

That explained it. How insensitive of me. This lady’s poor pooch had issues, the result of months, perhaps years of neglect, abuse, pain and suffering.

A rescue dog.

Suddenly, I understood. And in understanding, felt nothing but heaps of compassion for the little thing.

And then came my burst of insight. Aren’t we all — well — if not rescue dogs, certainly rescued people?

We’ve all had our not-so-fair share of neglect, abuse, pain and suffering. Life is like that. Some days can be downright painful.

Which came as a reminder to me that everyone I meet is, in that sense, a need-to-be-rescued person. Or, in the case of Christians, rescued persons. Rescued by a living and loving Jesus. But rescued nonetheless. So no wonder if they snip and snap and growl at me. Rescued or not, they are striking out out of their pain. People who need compassion and understanding and a whole lot of grace.

Cuz you know what? I am not immune from snipping, snapping, and growling at others myself. For the undeniable reality is this: I, too, am a rescued individual.

PLEASE keep that in mind the next time I snip and snap and growl at you. It is not personal. It is a sad and sorry manifestation of past or present pain unfortunately coming once again to the surface.

Which is just another way of saying that I will gratefully receive your grace, and purpose in my sin-sick, Jesus-rescued soul to show equal grace to others. 

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5 thoughts on “Jesus to the Rescue

  1. Laura

    I cannot imagine you snippin or snapping, growling maybe :)! Thank you fo a pleasant reminder!! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  2. Laura, you are so funny. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

  3. Jeromy

    Thank you Dewey. Perfect time for a perfect reminder that we aren’t perfect.

  4. You have discovered, on your dog walk, what is probably the most neglected aspect of God’s character and love for us, and what we ought to be handing off to others: MERCY.

    Spiros Zodhiates defines mercy: Eleos – A special and immediate regard to the misery which is the consequence of sins.
    – special in that it’s regard unique to each person, or in this case, dog.
    – immediate in that there is no work required on the part of the receiver to receive it.

    Arthur Pink writes:
    “What is mercifulness? It is a gracious disposition toward my fellow creatures and fellow Christians. It is that kindness and benevolence that feels the miseries of others. It is a spirit that regards with compassion the sufferings of the afflicted. It is that grace that causes one to deal leniently with an offender and to scorn the taking of revenge.

    It is the forgiving spirit; it is the non-retaliating spirit; it is the spirit that gives up all attempt at self-vindication and would not return an injury for an injury, but rather good in the place of evil and love in the place of hatred. That is mercifulness. Mercy being received by the forgiven soul, that soul comes to appreciate the beauty of mercy, and yearns to exercise toward other offenders similar grace to that which is exercised towards one’s self.”

    Here’s an interesting thought: It is possible to who grace while being judgmental, and without mercy. See, Pharisees. To actually FEEL the misery of another is a gateway into and out from the heart of Jesus.

    Dayn

  5. Molly Crocker

    There’s a quote attributed to Plato that someone between Plato and me embellished a bit: Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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