Monday, July 15, 2013

Hungry ??

Homeless French Bull Dog

Saving money especially when grocery shopping, is a priority with me.  About once a week I stop at our local Thrift Market to scope out what is interesting and a good buy.

While shopping there, one must watch the pull dates; lest you end up with something that will later need to be tossed.

The other day, I visited the Thrift Market, and viewed a good brand of canned dog food. 

It was plastic wrapped in small cases of 12 cans each and the price was $4.00 per case or three cases for $10.00.  If you can do the math, that is approximately 33 cents a can or less.

The pull date was a few days past, but the cans still looked salvageable and I placed six cartons in my basket to make my three dogs very happy.

Then I needed to go to Grocery Outlet for a few other items, also at a bargain.

As I left the Grocery Outlet parking lot, a woman walking with a small bull dog, crossed my path.  I stopped to let her pass on by.

I could see she was carrying a cardboard sign, and she was headed for the grass where often people sit hoping for money. 
I noted her sign which said, “Homeless and in Need.”

Now, I don’t usually give out money as some will do, but my heart went out to that small dog. 

Exiting my van, I opened the back and started to pull away the plastic and remove one can of dog food, but instead the Lord said, give her the entire carton of 12 cans, which I did.

She seemed happy to receive the cans of Turkey with brown rice with a convenient pull top lid. 
Her dog also knew there was something in that can for her, because that tail began to wiggle violently. 

The woman proceeded to open the can and use the lid to feed her puppy.

Honesty, that can of dog food looked good enough for human consumption, and it is a safe bet that some of it might end up that way.

I am reminded of the prodigal son, who was so hungry that he ate from the pig slop that he was paid to feed the pigs. 

Fortunately he came to his senses and decided to return home to his father where there was a bountiful supply!

So many today are eating Religious Slop that they are finding here and there instead of going to the Father and reading from His Book – The Bible. 

Opinions are everywhere but they will not satisfy the hunger that is in aching hearts. 
Only God’s Word, full of Holy truth will fill that need. 

The Good news is that Jesus is the Answer to all of our needs, and he is the Bread of Life to satisfy hunger, and he is the Living water that quenches our thirst.

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Sharon said...

Hazel, as a dog lover, this post really touched my heart. I pray that the Lord will bless this poor woman, and her precious dog, too.

We just never know where we'll be used by the Lord, do we? And we must ever be ready to be the Good Samaritans that He calls us to be.

As for *spiritual slop* (what a great phrase!) - there's a lot of it out there. But proper nourishment can only come from the Word of God - where our hearts will be replenished by the Bread of Life, and our souls' thirst quenched with Living Water!


Floyd said...

I love the analogy, Hazel. People using their free will to have less when they can live at a banquet. Thanks for sharing your heart. I have a hunch that was the most loving gesture that could be shown to the owner of what is certainly her best and only friend...

Betty Jo said...

Hazel what a terrific story! Giving the dog food, rather than money, was a wonderful idea. I will have to remember that one. I really loved this paragraph too, or should I say, I hate it, because it's soooo true: So many today are eating Religious Slop that they are finding here and there instead of going to the Father and reading from His Book – The Bible.

Betty Jo said...

Meant to say. I've enjoyed my first visit to your blog and will return. I just signed up to receive email notices of new posts. Have a blessed day!!

nannette elkins said...

Beautiful Hazel, just beautiful!

Lisa notes... said...

That's a great story, Hazel. At the warehouse where I volunteer, they always have tons of dog food and cat food to give away to the needy. I used to wonder about that, but now I see how important it is. Glad you saw and met that need in a very personal way!

Kelly R. said...

Beautiful post, I'm a dog lover and this really touched me. I'm a new follower of your blog from the Friendship Friday Hop. Hope you'll stop by & say "hello".

Jennifer @ said...

What a touching post, Hazel. I love your heart for others. And I appreciate your willingness to share your lovely stories with us at #TellHisStory. Always a treat.

Hutch said...

Thanks for hearing from God and obeying.

hutch said...

Thanks for hearing from God and obeying.

Rosilind Jukic said...

What a lovely story! I know the Lord will reward your generosity - but I especially love the analogy. It is so many have strayed and are eating "religious slop" (good term) -- I see that more now than ever before.

TC Avey said...

Thanks for sharing your obedience in giving.
This post reminds me that God cares for both people and animals. we are all His precious creation.