Roscoe, yeah Roscoe.
He is a stray dog my husband picked up a few years ago from his old job. Roscoe was matted, hungry, tired, but happy! Happy to be chosen, fed, and loved. We kept Roscoe for a few days before finding him a home. I told my husband I didn't want another dog!
Keeland actually spilled the beans because Mark knew not to put him in plain sight, he didn't want to hear my mouth! LOL So I walk in the house and Keeland keeps looking out the patio window and smiling......I already knew. Roscoe was and is still happy. He roams, he's free, and he just wants to have fun! His owner was so happy to have him, and Roscoe was happy to be with them. Well his owner left and Roscoe is roaming again, but somehow he always finds his way back to our house. Just to say hello!
I know God sent Roscoe to me one night, and here's why. I am not normally a fearful person. I try not to be anyway, but there has been an unusual amount of crime sprees going on lately. I suppose it's due to the holidays. While I know God is there to protect me sometimes I let the circumstances drown that out. Well Mark and Keeland left one evening to to their weekly mens bible study. *Side note* Praise God for daddies that instill righteousness in their children, especially their boys!
OK, so they left. Kalena and I are here, Kayla is at my moms for the night. All of a sudden this fear came over me. I started praying then I heard Roscoe outside barking. Not really what I wanted to hear because we all know dogs bark when they see something. So I peek out the window, nothing. Roscoe quiets down.. I pray and praise God for protection......he barks again. Mercy! Will he please stop!! I know "things" are out there but I don't really care for an announcement. Kalena falls asleep, (dang, my little company has conked out on me) Normally I would be glad, but I kinda wanted her awake, LOL. I tell myself I have to get a grip and go to bed myself. Roscoe barks again......UGH!! I try to block it out. I crawl into bed, read my word and I began to relax. I started to think " you know Roscoe isssss here",if "someone" does try something he will get their attention at least". I look out and he is sitting right in front of the front door! Protecting our house. Protecting me in a sense. :-) I get back in bed, and try to fall asleep. I hear the Lord say, "See how you began to feel so secure because you know Roscoe is here?" "Well, I want you to feel secure like that all the time, because I AM is here ALL THE TIME"! Did I immediately stop being afraid? No, but I felt more at peace. Thank you Lord! I finally fell asleep and rested.
When Mark finally arrived Roscoe was gone. I thank God for allowing a little scraggly, matted dog to look out for me, but I thank God more for being the ultimate protector that never leaves!! Praise God! Bless Jesus! I never have to be afraid and neither do you. :-)
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Psalm 91 The Lord—the One We TrustHe who lives in the safe place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the All-powerful. I will say to the Lord, “You are my safe and strong place, my God, in Whom I trust.” For it is He Who takes you away from the trap, and from the killing sickness. He will cover you with His wings. And under His wings you will be safe. He is faithful like a safe-covering and a strong wall.
You will not be afraid of trouble at night, or of the arrow that flies by day. You will not be afraid of the sickness that walks in darkness, or of the trouble that destroys at noon. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand. But it will not come near you. You will only look on with your eyes, and see how the sinful are punished. Because you have made the Lord your safe place, and the Most High the place where you live, nothing will hurt you. No trouble will come near your tent.
For He will tell His angels to care for you and keep you in all your ways. They will hold you up in their hands. So your foot will not hit against a stone. You will walk upon the lion and the snake. You will crush under your feet the young lion and the snake.
Because he has loved Me, I will bring him out of trouble. I will set him in a safe place on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will take him out of trouble and honor him. I will please him with a long life. And I will show him My saving power.