Our Unanswered Why Questions

Vern couldn’t understand why the collar was being placed around his neck. He was inside and there was no one around. The last time he wore the collar was when he had run off and almost got hit by a car. He remembered the noise, followed by the vibration. At that point, he wasn’t sure what it all meant and kept running towards the road. That was when the shock hit him and he stopped dead in his tracks. He never wanted to feel that again. He wasn’t sure what to do and so he stopped and waited for his owner to come and pick him up.

But this time, Vern was inside, minding his own business. Scared and bewildered, he crawled under the foot rest and hid. It was then that the doorbell rang and other humans were entering. Usually, Vern would jump up on them to greet them, but fear of the feeling swept over him. His human looked at him and said the words “down”. He knew what that meant and complied. She had the blue thing in her hand which Vern had come to understand made the feeling. So he sat still and allowed the humans to reach down and pet him.

How many times have we been stopped in our tracks by an event or tragedy, and wondered what we had done to cause it? We could’ve been minding our own business, going through life without a care and then it happens. A death, financial crisis, break up, or sickness that comes out of nowhere. And then what? Do we look up to our heavenly Father and question why? Hoping for an answer so the crisis won’t be repeated.

Jesus came and was surrounded by crisis. Everyone that approached him had a situation begging for the answer to why. But Jesus never attempted to respond to the why question. Instead he directed their thoughts upward. When Martha asked Jesus why her brother had died, Jesus stated in John 11:40 “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God.”

 1 Peter 4:12-13 states it this way. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”

God loves us and Vern’s humans love him. The collar hasn’t had to be turned on again. The only one time was enough. The use of the collar was done out of love to protect the little dog from something far greater than the “bad” feeling.  

In the same manner, there will be times that we will suffer. But if we look deeply within the pain, we may see the glory of God and know that there is an eternal good in it that will be seen when we reach our final destination.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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