Barry and Marilyn Klinke
Last week the prayer ministers responded to my request for prayer for our dear dog, Minnie, which had a seizure on Tuesday night. Minnie was with my wife and I when we got your email prayer and I read it out loud to them. That was Friday morning. That same morning I had to take Minnie to work with my wife and I because there was no one to take care of her at home. She had several more seizures on the way to work, during the day and on the way home. Honestly, we didn't expect her to make it home alive.
We prayed over her continuously since the first seizure on Tuesday and we saw no improvement at all and, in fact, her condition worsened.
Friday night we noticed that she didn't appear to be quite as lifeless as during the previous three days. I offered her a tiny piece of English muffin and she, astoundingly, ate it. I followed with a few more tiny pieces which she also ate. Saturday morning she was still very weak, but for the first time in over three days she walked on her own and actually looked like she would, perhaps, survive.
My wife and I had things to do around the house on Saturday, one of which was to mow the lawn. We left Minnie on our bed, wrapped up in a blanket. After I had been outside for a while, I decided to go check on her. She wasn't on the bed and I couldn't find her. I went all through the upstairs where we left her and couldn't find her. I ran downstairs and found her on the sofa, looking out the window in the direction where we had been mowing. She had hopped off of the tall bed, went down two flights of stairs, to the front of the house and jumped up on the sofa! This was the same dog which we were sure was going to die just 24 hours earlier.
Minnie has continued to improve and is almost 100% recovered. Praise God, it was a miracle!
In the larger picture, the Lord has shown my wife and me several very important things. This episode was primarily a test of our faith. We had decided at the beginning of this ordeal not to take Minnie to the vet, but to pray for her. This decision became more and more difficult to adhere to, since she continued to go downhill for days. We continued to pray and our faith was tested to the point that we were sure that Minnie would die. The Lord knew that, of all our animals, Minnie was the most cherished. (You have to understand about "old people" and their "little dogs"... when the children are grown, little dogs become the substitute for the children.) We know that, in the trials that people encounter, a gravely ill dog isn't very high on the list or as heartbreaking as many trials that people face. But the lessons that can be learned and the faith required for the challenge are the same.
We found that, although the test was mentally and spiritually exhausting, it showed that God does indeed hear our prayers and honors our diligence and steadfastness when pressed to the limit. He is indeed the Lord of ALL flesh and nothing is too difficult for Him. Our faith has been greatly increased and we know that in the coming hardships, only faith in Jesus will save us.
We are thankful that Minnie has been healed and we are thankful for the trial, that the proving our faith has been more precious than gold: (1Pet.1:6-9) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
We would like to thank you for praying for us in this trial and I hope that you will be blessed by finding out how this situation turned out.