By: Ely Lagajino

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?” Psalm 8:4. (ESV)

​In March, two puppies were born at the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. We named the younger puppy COVID 1 and the older puppy COVID 9 but nicknamed them C1 and C9. They both grew up into active dogs in a cage.  Sadly, C1 died, leaving C9 alone in the cell.

​One day C9 managed to escape. The situation became a problem because C9 would not allow anyone, including me, to touch him and put him back.  I often lose my patience chasing him around our yard that, in some instances, I would throw a piece of wood or stone at him to stop the dog from running. Instead of acting as man’s best friend, C9 became my worst enemy.

​Last week we experienced three days of continuous downpour. When the rain stopped, I visited my garden. I had two papaya trees heavy rwith fruit beside our garage. While I was looking up counting the papayas, C9 kept barking behind me. Annoyed by the noise, I stopped counting and chased the dog towards the backyard to make him stop. Suddenly we heard a thunderous sound of falling timber, then a crash on the roof as we felt a tremendous shaking of the ground.  

​A big old tree fell right on the spot from where I stood seconds ago. It broke down our garage wall, and decapitated the papaya tree. As I picked up the green papayas from the ground, I realized that C9’s keen dog-ears must have heard the gradual sound of cracking wood. God used whom I considered my enemy to save my life. Such is the Love of Jesus for me; and for you too.

​And as for C9, I give him extra rice every meal as a gift for his heroic bark.

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