Whoever questions whether there is a God or not and how amazing his power is, should have been on my run with me this morning with Holly. We started our run and about 10 minutes into it Holly got in front of me and braced (what service dogs do when a partner is needing support to get up) I almost fell over her. She never does this on our runs. I was frustrated at her after about the 5th time she did it. Why was she doing this? It was out of her character! It then occurred to me that she may be trying to get me to turn around for some reason. Was she warning me? So I turned around and sure enough down the street came a HUGE german shepherd and a pit bull. They were coming straight for us. As they got closer I saw foam out of both of their mouths and teeth showing. Uh, not a good sign. You know, it is in moments like these you wet your pants and then your life flashes before your eyes. I felt an adrenaline rush like never before and I pushed Holly behind me and I was going to take them on! Uh, another yeh right.
I looked quickly around all sides for their owners, I thought about running, no time....we were stuck. Holly got back in front of me as soon as I pushed her behind. She was trying to protect me with everything in her. I finally was the one in front when the german shepherd went around to her head and got her neck in his teeth. The pit bull got her from behind. I started kicking and pulling....and knew this was not going to end well. One of us was going to be chewed up! They had a grip of death on Holly and they were not going to let go. Then all of the sudden I just yelled as loud as I could....IN THE NAME OF JESUS, LET GO NOW!!!! JESUS HELP ME PLEASE! And believe me, the neighborhood heard that scream. I think all of heaven and earth heard that scream. All of the sudden the dogs dropped. OK, now when I say they dropped, it was like they were shot with Novocaine. Like nothing I’d ever seen. By this time my legs were shaking so hard Holly really WAS holding me up. She was calm, she was now in front of me braced. I was saying under my breath....about a million “thank you jesus’s....” We stepped over the dogs...and we ran like we never ran before. I got to the curb and checked Holly out...she was not bleeding, her hips were ok. That alone was a miracle! A neighbor ran down to meet me and said it was a miracle we made it out of that one alive. She asked me how I got the dogs down. I said “did you hear my scream to Jesus? Well it worked!” Her mouth was hanging open.
I looked down the street and the dogs had been retrieved by 2 people. They were on leashes now and kind of wobbly. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Oh, if I could have seen from heaven’s point of view all that was happening at that very moment....it would have blown my mind! God’s hand, His angels, His arms.......protecting all the way....stopping those dogs in their tracks and laying them down. Thank God for heavenly novocaine! I have thought about this event all morning long. I have thought about how immediately at the mention of the name of Jesus....He was there. I have replayed it over and over and over in my head.
Holly is laying under my feet as I type this. She was my brave angel today....she tried to warn me many times to turn around, but I didn’t. Next time....I’ll heed the warnings.
God’s faithfulness blows me away. His protection, His provision, His miracles to be there through it all....are mind boggling. I had a conversation with a person the other day who was a friend of a friend. He was challenging me of God’s existence. We talked for hours! I truly believe if that young man had been with me today. There would be no question in his mind.