Thursday, January 13, 2011

The better part of valor

This is just one of those great stories from local media that begs to be shared:
Before Roger, a small Pomeranian with a feisty attitude, was adopted he twice had been returned to the Humane Society shelter because of his incessant barking.
That trait never bothered the dog's current owner, Nora Cavazos, who liked having the small but protective canine at her Arlington home during the day while she raised her then-2-year-old son, Diego. [...]
On the afternoon of that day in August, the first day of school for Cavazos' daughter Theresa, a car pulled up and a man got out whom Cavazos didn't recognize.
"He walked up to the front door and started knocking, knocking insistently," Cavazos said. "I was thinking 'This guy has the wrong place and he will go away shortly.' I had my phone but I was afraid to say anything. I had my son with me. He was 2 at the time."
The man finally stopped knocking and walked away. But a few seconds later, he returned with another man and kicked in the front door.
Suddenly, Cavazos found herself staring at an armed man inside her home.
"I yelled at him and said 'Hey what are you doing?' and he turned around and pointed the gun at me," Cavazos said. "The whole time Roger is barking and he won't stop. It seemed like an eternity. We're just staring at each other and then he runs out the front door and Roger starts chasing after him."
Roger is being inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame by the Texas Veterinary Association for this heroic act. And when you see the picture of the dog who singlepawedly chased off an armed robber, I think you'll agree that Roger deserves this honor (picture link removed).

I think that we've all faced situations in our lives when we thought we were too small, too weak, or too alone to carry out God's will. Platitudes about prudence, about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread, about discretion being the better part of valor may occur to us as we wrestle with that still, small voice inside telling us to go and do something for Him; it's not that prudence and discretion are unimportant, but that when we've reached the point where we really do believe God is leading is in some particular direction, we should not be afraid to go forward, even if the task seems daunting and success far off, or even unlikely.

Yet when it's something important--say, ridding ourselves of a bothersome sin or addressing a situation we might much rather ignore--we'd be better off to be like this little dog, and get on with the business of living our vocations fully (in Roger's case, this meant protecting his home and his people from the scary intruders, without pausing to consider whether he was really up to it). It's not a Hall of Fame we're aiming for, but Heaven; and there are times in all of our lives when obedience to God's plans for us, not discretion, is really the better part of valor.


melanie said...

Red, just wanted to tell you how spot on you are...I've just been thrown a curve ball by God and the whole truth is that I just feel too small for the challenge. So this has helped me so much. Thank you. Mel

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting!