The first was a dog who was born blind but adopted by a mama deer. The deer watched over the dog, groomed him and offered him love and companionship beyond what you could imagine. She offered her warmth when he was cold and her tender kisses when he was lonely. She walked beside him and led him around the farm. After several years, the dog miraculously received his eyesight, but even upon discovering that his best friend was a deer, his affection for her seemed unchanged. It was a precious story.
The second account was similar, only this one included a goat and a forty-year-old blind horse. When the horse lost sight in both eyes, the owners made the decision to put him down. But after observing an unusual scene, they changed their minds. A large goat in his teens took on the responsibility of being the horse's guide. He nudged the horse in the right directions, walked in front of him at a specific distance to lead him to his favorite grazing spot and even ran to the house to alert the owners when a wild storm had trapped the horse in a tangle of trees. After witnessing the care and attention of the goat, the owners felt certain that the horse would be fine. He had a friend and caretaker.
I was amazed at the relationships formed between these animals, but I was also blessed by a realization. If the Lord cares enough about a blind dog to allow him to be befriended by a mother deer, how much more does He care for me? If He cared enough to send a goat to help and guide a blinded horse, who or what will He place in my path? The Bible assures us that not one sparrow falls to the ground without the Lord's knowledge. He knows, and He cares. But as much as He cares for the animals, how much more does He care for us?
He cared enough for the blind dog to send a mama deer.
He cared enough for the aged horse to send a guiding goat.
He cared enough for us to send His only begotten Son.
I'd say He cares a lot. What do you think?
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. - Luke 12:6-7