A home remedy for your soul

by Kevin on November 10, 2010

About 15 years ago I had two catahoula cow dogs. These dogs were brothers and good dogs at what they did. They were very young but showing a lot of promise. These dogs were not pets, they were workers. I probably took better care of these working dogs than I did some of the pet dogs I have had.

They were not petted and coddled all the time like a house dog. I kept them on a chain and their reward every day was working. To some people this may sound strange or mean, but that’s what these dogs were bred to do. They were the happiest dogs I had ever been around.

Catahoula dogs are great cow dogs, but they are very good at hunting also. These dogs have no fear in them and they can run for hours. They have the nose of a hound dog and when I did not have any cows to work, I let them off the chain so they could go hunt.

I let them off the chain to go hunting one night and they were always waiting on me in the morning to feed them and put them back on their chain while I was at work. That morning I walked outside and there were the two brothers in their usual spots. What they looked like though was far from usual. These dogs had attacked a porcupine.

They didn’t have quills stuck ON their head, but through their head. It looked as if the dogs had tried to bite the animal in half. Neither dog could close their mouth. It was the worst sight I have seen to date on a dog. I got close enough to one of the dogs and he had quills that went inside his mouth and protruded out of his throat underneath. He had basically been run through from the inside out.

I was nearly late for work and very upset because I couldn’t get close to the dogs. They were in so much pain that they wouldn’t let me catch them. They stayed right beside me but not close enough for me to catch. I called my neighbor down the road and asked him if he would please remedy their pain for me. This was the only time I had ever asked anyone to do my job for me. If a man has to put down his dog, he should be the one to do it. I just didn’t have a gun with me at the time. I would have taken them to the vet, but I just couldn’t catch them. There was no home remedy that would ease their pain when you can’t get a hold of them.

I think we act like those dogs and don’t even know it. Jesus wants to help us get rid of the sin that is hurting us, but we won’t get close enough for Him to help us. At some point, we will be held accountable for those sins and if we don’t let Jesus help us, it’s our fault. Think about this verse in 2 Chronicle 36 and see if it applies to your relationship with God.

2 Chronicles 36:15-16

15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

The remedy is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Don’t mock God with false Christianity and lip service to God. Ask for His forgiveness today. Ask for the Remedy for sin.

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  • Don Coyote

    I had an American Bulldog given to me by a friend. That dog literally saved my son’s life. Later, he turned to killin’ the neighbors goats. I knew what had to be done, I just couldn’t do it because that dog had saved my boy. I asked the original owner, a cowboy, if he’d do it and he understood why.

    But, as you pointed out, there are just some things other folks cain’t do for us.

  • Unfortunately most of us do what Adam and Eve did. We hide from God because our focus is on our shame and not on being reconciled.

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