Do You Believe in Miracles?

Do You Believe in Miracles?

My faithful companion Patches turned eleven today. But after what happened last Thursday, it’s a miracle he’s alive.

Please join me over at Family and Faith Matters to find out why I believe in miracles.

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Tracy Campbell

If you’ve popped on over from my blog you already know that Patches, my Shih Tzu, turned eleven today.

Patches is also a Harley-Davidson dude, and he doesn’t require diapers (hubby scoops up the land mines). But he’s as stubborn as a two-year-old. After scolding Patches when he doesn’t obey, he just stares up at me with those droopy, gooey chocolate eyes because he loves me unconditionally.

Last Thursday at 11:30 a.m., I pushed open the screen door. Patches strolled into the backyard to take care of business.

While he sniffed, I bent down and picked up Indy (my Chinese Crested Powder Puff). He was set to go out next. That was all the time Patches needed to mosey on up and over the backyard “out-of-bounds” berm.

I flung open the door again. “Patches, come here, right now!”

Maybe he’s going deaf.

I put Indy back down on the rug. “Patches, do you want a treat?” I yelled, hoping my bribe might work.

Patches hesitated, shook his head, and then sauntered toward the Harley shed.

My sixth sense rang. I scanned the hayloft gangway. Next, the farmer’s field. Phew, no sign of coyotes or skunks.

Yet.

I whispered, “Jesus, please protect Patches.”

Ten seconds later, a coyote appeared from behind the shed and headed straight for Patches.

My eyes widened. I flailed my arms, screeching, “Patches!”

I leaped off the porch. Patches cast a look over his shoulder at the approaching beast. He didn’t flinch.

My slippers sunk into snow. No words formed.

Time froze. I felt like I was hunkered down in a movie theater waiting for the ax to fall.

The coyote circled, like he was calculating his next move. Gaping jaws opened.

“Patches come!” I screeched. “Patches! Patches!”

The coyote cocked his head, stared me down, turned, and then walked out into the farmer’s field.

Why?

Because God cared enough about me to close the coyote’s mouth, just like He shut the lions’ mouths after Daniel was thrown into their den.

“King Darius published this proclamation to every race, color, and creed on earth:

Peace to you! Abundant peace!
I decree that Daniel’s God shall be worshiped and feared in all parts of my kingdom.
He is the living God, world without end. His kingdom never falls.
His rule continues eternally.
He is a savior and rescuer.
He performs astonishing miracles in heaven and on earth.
He saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Daniel 6:25-27 (The Message)

Friday evening, I turned on the television and began watching the six o’clock news.

Can you guess what the lead story was? 

“Coyote Snatches Little Dog from Owner’s Leash!” 

I believe in miracles.

Do you have a miracle story to share?

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20 Responses

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  2. Oh how blessed you are to have a miracle happen right in front of your eyes. What a Christmas gift….not to mention a safe and sound puppy back in your arms.

    We should all be reminded that we need to keep our eyes and hearts open for miracles happen all around us everyday but we miss so many of them. Here’s to open eyes and hearts this season.

    So happy your family is safe.

    • Hi Terrol,
      I am very BLESSED that the miracle happened in front of my eyes. I can’t stop hugging Patches.
      And yes, miracles do happen everyday, we just have to stop and recognize them.
      I’m glad we’re all safe too!
      Thanks Terrol for stopping by. :-)

  3. Oh my goodness! What a harrowing escape front he coyote! My dogs aren’t even little and I worry about something like that when I hear the pack howling close to the house! I’m so glad Patches is safe! And I can vouch for the quality and beauty of your holiday cards! Everyone should snatch some up! :)
    Susanna Leonard Hill recently posted..Would You Read It Wednesday #115 – Tomboy Rules: Blossoms Are Always Prepared (MG) PLUS The November Pitch PickMy Profile

    • Oh yes, Susanna. That was a harrowing escape. We hear the coyotes all the time, and I think I stop noticing after a while, but I won’t let my guard down anymore.
      In fact, two days before, a coyote walked the barn’s gangway around lunchtime. He was probably sniffing out lunch. I get the heebeejeebee’s everytime I see one. They are quite brazen and will even stare at hubby and I when we’re outside. I could on, but I won’t. And thanks for vouching for my cards! That’s means a lot Susanna. I hope others will snatch some up too! :-)

  4. Great post Trace! Loved reading your version of it in writing with all the details – making it totally come to life! Glad my “adopted” doggies are safe! :)

  5. Great post Tracy! Loved reading your version of it in writing with all the details – making it totally come to life! Glad my “adopted” doggies are safe! :)

  6. Wow! Yes, I believe that was a miracle. It’s a great picture of how God intervenes when we stubbornly choose our own way that leads us into danger.(No offense to your pooch!)I’ll bet Patches is still clueless as to the danger and how God rescued him. But WE know, don’t we?

    I love your writing of the tale. Vivid and engaging. You had me on the edge, holding my breath. Sorry it was a real-life story, but so glad for the happy ending.
    Laura Bennet recently posted..A Thankful HeartMy Profile

    • Laura, a miracle indeed. God did step in on Patches’ behalf, and he is stubborn too, so you didn’t offend. LOL. He is clueless too, but I love him.
      If it wasn’t a happy ending, I’m not sure I could have written it. Glad I kept you on the edge. That makes my day, Laura! :-)

  7. Oh my goodness! Thank God Patches is safe! Yes, God was watching over him. Your writing was really good as well, describing the situation!

    • Eliz, I’m glad you popped in. And thank you for liking my cards. On tonights news, it appears postage rates are rising sky high so that doesn’t encourage anyone to send out cards. :-)
      Glad you’ve experienced miracles too! :-)
      Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! :-)

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