Natalie Widener

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 40:2 NIV

My family and I recently adopted a young dog from the Humane Society. She is a beautiful Beagle/Jack Russell mix. We had never adopted an animal before, and we were missing a four-legged companion since our dog of 13 years had just passed away over the summer. We thought this was a great way to help another dog find a home. Turns out it was a wonderful teaching moment for my kids, too!

The first day I saw her, she wasn’t available for adoption just yet. She had some medical treatment that needed attention before they could release her for adoption. She looked scared and sad, but when you petted her, she just couldn’t love you enough! When we finally got to bring her home she was a little nervous, but it didn’t take her too long to adjust as we lavished her with toys, treats, and lots of attention. Needless to say, she fits in perfectly with our family. The kids love her and she is getting a second chance at life. We don’t know a lot about her history, but we do know she wasn’t properly taken care of and was pretty neglected.

Her story of adoption makes me think of God and how he rescued us. God sent His son, Jesus, to save us, to rescue us. He changed our course of life when we didn’t deserve it. Because of Jesus, we are saved, sons and daughters of the God Most High!

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself throughJesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

Just like we rescued our new dog from a life she wasn’t meant to live, God saved us by pulling us up out of the pit. He did it because of His great love for us. If we put our hope and trust in God, we are safe and secure. He won’t let us slip. God will keep a firm grip on us! Thank God today for His love and grace. I’m so glad I’m on a different path, a new path toward my eternity with Christ.

Ask God to help you today if you find yourself slipping. He won’t be angry or frustrated that you need His help again! He will be your rescuer if you let Him. Spend time with God. Turn on your favorite worship song and thank God for being your rescuer!