I have never really made is a secret that I am not a dog lover but since my daughter decided to become our own Ellie May Clampet , I’ve had to learn to at least like them. Y’all we now have 5 …. Yes 5 dogs at my house. They have each found their place in our family.
This little guy, Stumpy, has become mine. He has learned that I don’t like jumping so he’ll lay at my feet until I’m ready to play. He is okay to just wait but he is ready to go whenever I am. Little by little he has found a special spot in my heart so it is no surprise that I was upset a couple of months ago when he got hurt.
My husband called me at work and let me know he was taking Stumpy to the vet. He had been run over and Mike wasn’t sure how bad he was hurt. I waited for what seemed hours to hear more of the details. Luckily, his injuries were not as bad as first thought. His front leg was broken. He came home the next day with a bright red cast, some meds and instructions to come back in 3 weeks.
The first few days, he just laid around not moving much but he became more active as the days went by. At week two he had learned to maneuver on and off the couch despite the restrains of the cast. He would follow the other dogs up and down the stairs just holding the cast out in front of him. Every once in a while you would hear the quick tap-tap-tap of the cast hitting against the hardwood floors as he ran the hallway.
Finally the day came to get the cast off. When I arrived home that evening I expected him to come running to me on all fours now that he didn’t have the constrictions of fiberglass wrapped around that leg. But he didn’t. He hobbled to me; his leg was still outstretched in front of him, not touching the ground.
Now almost a month later without the cast he still is not walking on it completely. There are times when he gets to running across the yard running with the other dogs that all paws hit the ground. He may let it rest softly against the ground if he is standing waiting to be fed a treat. However, there are times that he pulls it back up as if the limitation of the cast was still real.
I have been reassured several times by the vet that the bone has healed, he is not in pain and that he just has to learn that he has freedom to move it now.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
When God delivers us, he also sets us free but we have to learn to walk in that freedom. We do it by laying aside every weight that hinders us. Of course that means sins that have entangled us. It also includes some things that look to be ‘good’ but takes our focus off what we are should be chasing after…. Christ.
Stumpy is learning his freedom from the cast a little more each day by actually walking, running and playing on that leg. We, as Christians, can learn to walk in the freedom already given to us by taking steps each day.