One fine day, a young nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home, when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the 
fire truck was a dalmatian dog. Without any prompting the children began to discuss the dog’s

“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.

“No,” said another, “the dog is  there just for good luck.”

A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said 
firmly, “To find the fire hydrant.”

Source: based on a story found in  Lulu De Zulu, Blow Your Blues Away
(Xlibris, Corp., 2009)


That raises a good question: Of what use are all the animals to us?  There are different answers  to that question. Some animals provide love and companionship, others provide protection, still others provide a display of of total and utter beauty.

But animals also communicate to us.  We often try to teach and train our pets. What if we turn things around and listen carefully to what animals have to teach us?

Ask the beasts and they will teach you;
the birds of the air and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among these does not know
that the hand of God has done this?
In God’s hand is the life of every living thing,
and the breath of every human being.

Job 12:7-10


A young couple, great dog lovers, lost their adorable dog, which they rescued from the streets.
They wanted the dog back badly and they went round the neighbourhood posting a sign with a photo of the dog. The sign read:

  • Black and tan dog of Poodle and German Shepherd descent.
  • Flea-bitten
  • Missing left hind-leg
  • No hair on rump
  • Blind in left eye
  • Broken tail
  • Recently neutered
  • Too old for tricks
  • Might bite if cornered
  • Answers to the name of “Lucky”


Now that’s unconditional love! It is a love that is not afraid to embrace defects, imperfections and brokenness. And the dog, well, I suppose it is indeed “lucky.”

And what about you and me? To know that we are embraced by a God who is tenderness and whose mercy is fresh every morning, a God who is always bigger than our biggest failure, wound, defect or sin, birthing us and loving us into being afresh on the pulse of each new dawn!