How to have all the confidence you will ever need.

by Kevin on July 12, 2010

Friday afternoon I let the dogs out the yard so they could run around. About 6:30 that evening, I told my daughter to go put them up. She came back and said that she couldn’t find Sue.

Sue is my little gray wiener dog. I got him for my birthday last December and I couldn’t bear to let him run around the pasture in the pouring rain. We drove around for nearly twenty minutes, knowing the little guy couldn’t get too far, but didn’t find anything. Finally, I just hoped he would come home that night and we gave up the search.

The next morning, we heard some dogs barking towards the draw. Reilly and I  took off on foot looking for Sue. We crossed the flooded draw walking east, but never heard the barking again. We started back, but we didn’t go straight to the house. We walked north and when we got back to the draw, I was looking for a place to cross when Reilly spotted Sue sitting on a little rise across the creek.

He just sat there. We called to him, but he just sat there. I figured the little guy was scared or something so we found a place to cross and went to go get him. When we got to the spot where we had seen him, he wasn’t there. I started thinking I had judged the spot wrong and had Reilly stay there while I crossed the draw again and went back to where we had been standing when we saw him.

When I got back to the original spot, Reilly found him. She called to him, but he wouldn’t come to her. It started making her a little nervous and she said for me to get over there. I crossed the draw once again and found that little dog under a mesquite tree. When I picked him up, he cried out in pain. I didn’t know what had happened, but I immediately started for the house.

By the time I got to the house, my shirt sleeve was covered in blood. We immediately got in the truck and headed for the vet. I was real worried about him and I just sat and talked to him the whole way. I wouldn’t let him close his eyes.

When we got to the vet, he shaved the hair off the injury so we could see what was going on. When the hair came off I said, “Oh my God!” It was a cry of disbelief as well as a three word prayer. Take your hand and hold your first two fingers up like a “peace” sign. Make it as big as you can. The distance between your fingers was the distance between the fang marks of the rattlesnake that had bitten my dog. This snake’s head would have been as big as my fist. Dr. Armstrong did a great job irrigating the wound and we both said it would be better to leave him there so he could get an IV in him.

I am a little perturbed at that little dog for going out in the pasture like that. He had everything he ever needed right there at the house. He was supposed to be my pet, but the truth is, I was his servant. I fed him everyday. I gave him water to drink. I bathed and cleaned him even though he didn’t like it. I played with him and sometimes he even got take a nap with me on the couch.

But no, he thought that he could make it out in this tough old world by himself. That pasture is full of things that can sting, catch, eat, and bite little dogs that don’t have someone there to protect them. Sue found that out the hard way. He took wiener dog self-confidence and went out and got snake bit instead of having confidence in me and staying home.

People are the same way. God gives us everything that we need. That’s a promise from him. But instead of just hanging out with God and being content, we feel the need to run off into the pasture. When we put our confidence in ourselves to go out and live our lives away from God, that’s when the snake usually pounces on us.

1 Corinthians 10:12 (The Message) – Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

Another way of saying God-confidence is the word faith. We must trust that God will take care of us and everything we need, he will provide. We get in trouble when we  try to drag God off into the world with us instead of waiting for God to be saddled up and asking us to go with him into the pastures of life.

At 7:30 Sunday morning I found out that Sue had died Saturday night. About an hour later, my daughter and I stood in the living room with our arms wrapped around each other–both of us cryin’. He died from a snake bite he received after venturing out with 13.6 pounds of self confidence.

Your faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing you have. Don’t treat it as a tool and just use it when ever you need it. Make your faith the most important thing in your life. I pray that you will come back home to God before it’s too late.

November 1, 2009 – July 11, 2010

“Rest In Peace Sue, we will miss you terribly.”

“Dad’s got to go back to work now and try to help others that are lost and hurting just like you were.”

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  • Kevin, Sorry you lost Sue. Glad you were able to see God at work in that situation. And I thank God for using you to help those who are lost in this dangerous world. There is nothing more important than to let Jesus live through us to, “seek and to save that which was lost.” –Richard

    • Kevin

      I won’t lie Richard. God and I had to sit down and have a cup of coffee to explain this one to me. I had to get a load off of my chest and I really do think that he reached over and said, “I know son. It’s ok to miss him, but I had other plans for Sue.”

      You know, ever since Adam and Eve we all have been snakebit by sin. There is only one cure and no vaccine.

  • Sorry for your loss. That happened to me with Ramona’s little Boston Terrier named Mandi. Still miss Mandi…but there is hope in the end. Dogs are people too!

    • Kevin

      I will agree with you there David. Thanks for stopping by the campfire and chatting.

  • Sorry to hear about your dog. I listened to the sermon where you shared this story. I was greatly moved when you talked about how you could have helped sooner if the dog would have come to you. I think of all those around me that don’t realize that God is waiting for them to turn to Him. He stands ready and willing to remove the poison of sin.

    God bless you my friend as you share that kind of love with those in your care.

    • Kevin

      Hey, someone actually listened to that thing!! I kind of wrote the piece on the same thing because I knew that many people didn’t have time (in between all the TV watching) to watch a cowboy church service on the internet.

      Thanks for you kind words about Sue.

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