Tested
What's In Her?
mixed terrier dog, dog, black and white small dog, Loch Haven Dog Park, Hoover Alabama, dogdevotionals.com
Mist had settled over Loch Haven Dog Park in Hoover, Alabama as Annie and I descended down the ramp onto the walking track. At 8:10 a.m., we shared it with one lady bundled in a navy coat walking while her husband threw the ball for their large German Shepherd.
 
Following my psychiatrist’s directions, I purchased Annie four months ago as my emotional support dog. She was a rescue of unknown lineage. She resembles a pit bull more than anything, but her eyes and ears testify to her varied heritage.
 
Annie loves to run ahead of me into the grassy and wooded areas to scout out birds and squirrels. As we walked into the wooded section of the park today, Annie was delighted to chase a squirrel up a tree. She stood at the base of the tree with her front paws propped against it triumphantly barking. Annie never barks, so this must be a clue that she has some kind of hunting dog in her lineage.
 
A couple of days ago when we stopped to play with the group of other dogs at the park, she would stop and stare at her opponent intently as if pointing. She would remain that way for several long seconds before happily charging at her sole obsession. German Shorthaired Pointer, maybe?
 
You frequently hear the question, “What’s in her?” among various owners. I frequently join in the fun of guessing what breeds are in their beloved four-legged children. I hear other owners talk about having DNA testing done on their dogs only to be shocked when the test results bear no resemblance to their dogs’ appearance.
 
In our day-to-day lives, how would people answer that question about us? If our innermost self was tested, would it align with our outward appearance?
 
II Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
 
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
 
II Corinthians 13:11
 
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
 
Copyright January 21, 2016
    
Mixed Bassett, mixed dog, medium sized blond dog, Loch Haven Dog Park, Hoover Alabama, dogdevotionals.com