“The Dog!”

The clouds came over and the sun quickly disappeared and we knew that it was time to go. 

When my father made a decision to move everyone was expected to pack up and get going as quickly as possible. 

So we all grabbed something: the esky; the chairs; the table and the picnic basket. 

Everything was bundled into the boot and my brother and I clambered into the back seat.  As we drove away from Barrenjoey lighthouse I couldn’t help thinking that we had forgotten something.  I was just about to speak when Mum yelled out “The Dog!”

Patch, our small, faithful, black and white kelpie-cross was missing…but worse than that…he was last seen tied up to the bumper of the car! 

 As Dad looked in the mirror he saw our little dog, with abject fear in its eyes, running ‘flat out’, trying to keep up with the car! 

Then, to add insult to injury, Dad quickly put his foot on the brake and the dog ran, face first, straight into the back of the car!

 This could have become a horrible memory from which I may not have recovered but instead it became one of the funniest moments in my family’s history. We all laughed all the way home, except for the dog, who was too busy panting! 

Sometimes life can feel like we are being pulled along by circumstances and influences beyond our control.  Sometimes we have to run ‘flat out’ just to keep up. It is that these times that I have found the power of spending time with God – it really helps for the long haul!

 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength… They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 

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