On our way home from shopping last night, my husband and I saw a dog running in and out of traffic. I had to hold my breath because I thought for sure he would get injured, or worse, by one of the cars. After a few terrifying moments of worry, I nearly jumped out of the car to save the dog.
As soon as I got out of the car, the dog ran over to me, and out of the traffic, as if he knew I was trying to help him. With a simple, “Come here, good boy,” he jumped into the passenger seat of the car. With a happy wag of his tail he sat there beside me as I pet him and looked for his dog tags. The sight of him safe and sound brought a sigh of relief to my soul.
My husband and I were able to call his owner and get him safely home.
The experience quickly went from one of fear to an intense sense of gratitude and satisfaction. I felt relief that we had helped the dog, and also a great sense of blessing that God put us into the right place at the right time. If we had left just a few minutes later, or a few minutes earlier, who knows what would have happened.
I realized how much it helps the soul to do good for others—human and animal alike. We may have saved the dog, but he gave us a special gift as well. For me, personally, he got me not only out of the car, but also out of my own little world because I was thinking of him and his safety. It was a good reminder, especially before the holiday season, to start thinking of others and things that I can do for them.
Have you ever had a similar experience where helping someone—or something—provided you with the real gift of happiness? Please share!