God cares about the big and little things in our life!
Jack and I had lost our precious Labradoodle 18 months ago, to cancer. Since then, it has been a desire of ours to get another Labradoodle. We are both allergic to dog hair and we both suffer from asthma so we are limited on the kind of animals we can own. Although getting a new dog was our desire, we had also been prayerfully agreeing that it was vital for Jack and I to invest our time into Hillcrest over this past year. We knew that was God’s best for us and Jack and I were eager to do so. Out of that prayer, desire and calling, Jack has dedicated himself to serving Hillcrest in a volunteer capacity over the past several months. He has joyfully spent hundreds of hours helping us revitalize our campus so that our families can enjoy it now and for years to come.
Since our vast “todo” list for the new school was winding down, I thought it would be a great blessing for Jack to revisit the idea of adopting a puppy. He dearly loved the sweet dog we lost to cancer, and I knew having new life in our home would be a huge blessing to him. We began searching all over the country for a labradoodle, only to find that the waiting list ranged from 1-2 years. So, we did what we always do when we hit a roadblock, we began to pray.
God has been so good to remind us over and over again how powerful prayer is, and this time wasn’t any different. A couple of weeks ago we found a puppy in another state that we fell in love with. But then, we discovered that there were 1200 other people on the waiting list as well. Once again, we prayed. The very next morning we received a phone call and the owner of the puppy told us, “If you still want her, she’s yours.” Immediately we rejoiced in this miraculous answer to prayer. 1200 on the waiting list was a huge hurdle…..But God!!
I shared in chapel last week how much God cares for us even in the little things. He cares when our hearts long for something as simple as a dog. Our heart desires matter to His heart. Then I shared with them about God’s answer to pray regarding our puppy. I told them that it would be a joy to share our blessing with them when we got her.
This week Jack and I had the privilege of sharing our 8 week old puppy, Mocha. Her name was recommended to us by one of our Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Thurman. I reminded the kids when I shared her, that our God hears our prayers and He is so faithful even when we don’t always understand His answer.
I hope that this little story of His goodness speaks to your heart today. Whatever you are going through, as parents, at work or at home, just remember, God loves you. He is good and trustworthy in all circumstances. We are praying for you and standing with you in the Lord.
Your partner in Christ,
HCS Head of School