February 6, 2007

Dogs, Prayers and Possibilities

Filed under: dogs, fatherhood, God — Brian @ 8:21 pm

When our dog Carla stopped eating and started laying still for hours on end, our vet found an enlarged spleen. She suggested the cause might be hemangiosarcoma – a cancer that’s claimed a dog each from two familes we know recently. Other, less serious possibilities were mentioned, but it seemed as though their purpose was to offer hope, not suggest probabilities.

With some medication, a change to tastier food, and prayers from family and friends, her demeanor improved while we waited for the abdominal ultrasound that would tell us more conclusively what was the cause.

At the ultrasound appointment, the news was that it would be lymphoma – still deadly, but somehow less frightening. Maybe because it’s a more familiar term. Certainly not because it’s good. They took some sample tissue through a very small incision for a biopsy.

We waited and prayed some more for a little more time with this dog who’s been so good to us. More time with her in relative comfort before the end that we’d come to expect would be within sight.

When word arrived with the results of the biopsy, everyone was puzzled. No lymphoma.

Nothing seems to be very wrong at all anymore. Her fever is gone, her personality and energy are back. She is as she was before. Same dog again.

We’ll go in for another blood test next week and see if there’s anything to be found in the comparison.

It got me thinking about God, and where He does His work. I don’t know if He intervened for our dog, but this is exactly the kind of situation that strengthens my faith.

Here was a sick dog, with symptoms that several very good veterinarians believed to have dire implications. We had accepted that our time with her would very likely be cut short, and we’d started to prepare our boys for the loss that the science told us was coming soon.

And in the time between “this looks bad” and “here’s the cause of the problem,” we prayed, and friends and family prayed.

And she got better.

Now, we’re still in that “between” time. We still don’t know what caused the symptoms or what made them stop, and it’s still within the realm of possibility that she has a terrible illness. But these things are certain: her pain is gone and our fear of losing her has given way to gratitude for the time we’ve had.

If God was going to heal one regular dog in one regular family – and if for reasons beyond our grasp he wanted to do it in a way that would hint at his hand without proving it – is this not the way it would happen? Could happen? In the time between “this looks bad” and “here are the test results,” is that not a perfect place for God to reveal Himself in the hearts of those willing to see?

Nothing is proven. Nothing is certain. Nothing is even testable. Is it there that we can see a little bit of God?

I don’t know. But a world without that possibility is a dark world, indeed.



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  2. This is awesome news!!! What a blessing from God!

    Comment by Rachel — February 6, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

  3. Awesome, awesome news! And yes, He can and will heal!

    Comment by Janie — February 6, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  4. is that not a perfect place for God to reveal Himself

    Yes! Praise God! :-)

    Comment by Gwynne — February 7, 2007 @ 1:39 am

  5. Cool testimony. May be what God had in mind, all along.

    Comment by Eric — February 7, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

  6. Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

    Comment by Brian — February 8, 2007 @ 7:08 am

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