Buster Brown is a 57-pound English springer spaniel. I am working with him as a therapy dog. He had knee surgery, but I didn’t realize that I would be his first patient. What follows is how I comforted Buster Brown and how God used Buster Brown to comfort me.
Janet Jean: Buster Brown had knee surgery yesterday. I brought home a pretty sore puppy. He was hurting – I could see it in his eyes. He was restless – it hurt so much, he just wandered around. Buster Brown, I know it hurts. It hurts a whole lot. But you see, your knee was in pretty bad shape and the vet had to go in and take the knee apart and deepen the groove in the bone and tighten up the ligaments and then put everything back together again.
Buster Brown, it hurts a whole lot right now. But it’s going to get better. Every day it will hurt a little less. Every day you’ll get stronger. And I have an antibiotic and a pain pill to help. Remember how you used to hobble along on three legs? When your knee heals, you’ll be able to run better than you did before. Honest. I’m sorry you’re hurting now, but it’s for the best – really it is. I love you Buster Brown. I’ll be here for you. Please don’t be mad at me. I didn’t do it to hurt you or be mean. It’s for your own good. It’s what’s best. I’m sorry you’re hurting. I wish I could take it away.
God: Janet Jean had divorce surgery. I brought home a pretty sore little girl. She’s hurting – I can see it in her heart. She’s restless – it hurts so much, she just wanders around. Janet Jean, I know it hurts. It hurts a whole lot. But you see, your life was in pretty bad shape and I had to go in and take your life apart and deepen the groove in your heart and tighten up your attitudes and ligaments of faith and then put everything back together again. Janet Jean, it hurts a whole lot right now. But it’s going to get better. Every day it will hurt a little less. Every day you’ll get stronger. And I have My Word, the blood of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to help. Remember how you used to hobble along depressed and unfulfilled? When your heart heals, you’ll be able to live and love better than you did before. Honest. I’m sorry you’re hurting now, but it’s for the best – really it is. I love you Janet Jean. I’m here for you. Don’t be mad at me. I didn’t allow this to punish you or be cruel. It will work out for your good. It is what’s best. I’m sorry you’re hurting. I’m hurting too. Let Me take it away. That’s why My Son Jesus died for you.
Janet Jean: Dear Jesus,
I see the pain in Buster Brown’s limp, in his eyes. The physical pain You suffered was so great it killed You. Buster Brown didn’t have a choice. You did. You chose to suffer and die so that I could be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven with You.
I know the pain of rejection. Rejected by a husband whom I loved deeply. Rejected, ignored by people I thought were friends. How You must hurt every time one of us goes our own way, leaves You out, misses the still small voice, forgets to say thank You. My pain is nothing compared to Yours. The prayer of Jabez says, “that I may not cause pain”. Help me to stop causing You pain.
God: Janet Jean, what else can you learn from Buster Brown?
Janet Jean: Buster Brown is always glad to see me.
God: I am always glad to see you. Be glad to see Me.
Janet Jean: Buster Brown is always so expectant, so excited about everything.
God: I expect the best from and for you. Expect the best from Me. I am thrilled to be part of your life. Be excited about everything.
Janet Jean: Buster Brown always wags his tail, even in pain.
God: Be positive Janet Jean.
Janet Jean: Buster Brown wants to cuddle, but can’t until he’s invited.
God: Cuddle Me Janet Jean.
Janet Jean: Buster Brown wants to be with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
God: Here I am Janet Jean. Come, take My hand.