After church today, we came home, and I was looking after our oldest dog, Jazz. She is an 11-year-old miniature dachshund and she had been fighting with our 2-year-old doxie-min pin mix (Belle) a few days ago. Jazz sustained what I thought was a small laceration and I cleansed the wound and put antibacterial ointment on it. Today, I felt the Holy Spirit guiding me to investigate the injury more closely, and I discovered the wound was much worse than I thought which made me feel horrible! I questioned whether we should take her to the vet to get checked out, thought maybe she might need sutures to close the wound and wondered what I could have done to discover this issue sooner. I felt as though I had failed my old dog. The trouble was that Jazz wouldn’t let me look at the wound, so I could only see a part of the injury. But I cared for her as though it were worse than I could see. After reading a Website about wound care for dogs, I learned that dog bite wounds in animals are rarely, if ever, sutured closed because of the high incidence of infection. What I read was that normal and usual treatment is to cleanse the wound daily, apply antibiotic ointment and possibly administer oral antibiotics. I had 11 days worth of an antibiotic left over from Jazz’s recent dental surgery and I began giving her those pills. Now, I feel like I am doing something to facilitate her further healing.
Often, as with my dog, we as parents we don’t quite know what to do about or how to handle a certain situation with our children. We begin by doing something that we think seems right and make adjustments from there. This is absolutely what we should be doing! Sometimes we only see failure as we try to grasp that one thing that has the answers to the issues we face with our kids. We need to start doing something to correct, solve, answer or change the situation rather than sitting by and waiting for the right solution to manifest itself. Prayer is the first step in this process. It leads us to the Lord and the solution for what we need to do. I felt as though the Holy Spirit was guiding me with the treatment I should give my dog, but had I not even begun that treatment, how would I have ever read and realized that what I was doing was right?! With my children, I desire to correct and esteem them quickly so that they can learn from what they were doing right or what was a wrong behavior, attitude, decision, etc. Once we begin treating the wrong, we can start building on what they are doing right. This will lead us to victory over those strongholds of rebellion, selfishness, desires of the flesh and many others. Through GOD we can be victorious in these areas because we walk by faith and not by sight and through faith we have victory. So, next time there is a disagreement, a time when you feel you have failed your child, when all you see is failure, remember to seek the victory over the situation through prayer and faith!