I mentioned yesterday that our sweet pup got sick on Sunday evening. He started with a wheeze/gag/reverse cough combo symptom that was very pitiful to hear. Of course, it was the weekend and we went back and forth as to whether to take him to the all-night emergency clinic but finally decided we should. The doctor there informed us that Rascal has a heart murmur….news to us! This was so upsetting for Hubbie and I as our last dog had the very same coughing gag before he died from heart murmur complications.
As if he wasn’t spoiled already, once we learned of the murmur…goodness, did we pamper our under-the-weather pooch!! He even slept in our bed with us last night – a first…and had chicken broth over his food this morning – definitely another first!! We had to visit our own veterinarian this morning and the medicine he gave him has made Rascal so lethargic. Poor little pup.
Anyways…as I was holding him this morning (quite sleepy myself after a long night), I had this thought. Funny how we treated him differently after we knew of his heart……and shouldn’t that be my attitude toward those I meet each day….people whose hearts are not only sinfully in need of a Savior – but also hurting, broken, bitter and in despair. If I would really take the time to “notice the heart”, surely it would affect they way I acted, reacted and treated people.
Later…in my Bible reading today, I came across Mark 6:34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
I pray God will help me be more quick to “see” people hearts…and to see with compassion.