Refuge

One day my son and I had gone to visit a friend of mine that owned a honey bee supply store. We were laughing and upbeat as we walked to the front door of the shop. Ryan, “the owner of the shop,” worked another job farming, and was often tired by the time he arrived at his newly opened store. I opened the door only to find Ryan asleep on his sofa, then I heard a growling noise, so I turned my head to see his protection dog out of his usual kennel! I knew from what Ryan had told me in the past, that his dog isn’t friendly and will bite without being provoked. I threw the door thinking it would close quickly but it was equip with a door catch as to not allow itself to slam lol. The dog ran right through the opening so I placed myself between the dog and my son. The dog kept lunging at me with her hair raised and mouth open trying to bite me. I can’t explain the sight, only to say that this dog wanted to bite me but couldn’t. Every time she would snap her jaws it would be an inch or so from my arm but never making contact. Little did I know, my son got really scared and ran out from behind me! The dog saw her chance and took off after my boy, he turned to face her as she quickly gained on him! The same thing happened with my son, she couldn’t clamp her teeth into him either. By that time Ryan had finally got through the door and yelled a command to his dog that made her quit. He was so frantic, hugging and kissing my son, looking him over to make sure that he was unharmed. Every morning I pray for God’s protection over me and my family, to take refuge under his wings and to give us strength. I truly believe that God had placed a hedge of protection around us that day to protect my son when I couldn’t reach him.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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