The Ultimate Lesson From Elsie


If you have been following this website than you know that Elsie our beloved German Shepherd has taught me many things over the years which I have shared with you. It is with sadness that I tell you that she is no longer with us. It has been just exactly a week since she left this world on August 13th to be exact. Elsie’s life had span 13 years. Quite a feat for a little runt of the litter with oh so many issues, and at the very beginning as a new pup in our home fear being her first issue. I could so relate to her at that time. Her health had been going down hill for a while but took a quick turn on Monday and by Tuesday it was apparent the time had come so a call to the vet was made and an appointment was set for Wednesday at 4:30. Wednesday was a difficult day. I spent it with her as she lay almost motionless her breathing so much heavier than normal now as the pain was taking it’s toll yet she continued to look at me with those trusting loving eyes unaware of what was to come later that day for her. I knew it was what was best for her as she was in so much pain as the pain relievers stopped working and her quality of life had left her yet I still cried at the loving trusting way she looked at me with those big brown eyes. When the time had come for the trip to the vet my husband put her leash on her for the last time and she trustingly and obediently followed him to the vehicle. She knew she could trust him. She knew he loved her and wherever he was taking her she would obediently follow.

I guess you know by now how God has taught me through her life and this was no exception. She knew that we loved her and she trusted us. God reminded me today as I sat to write this that she had many fears as a pup just as I did. It took her a long time to trust us just as it has taken me a long time to trust Him. Her life it seems has been a shortened version of my own in a way. Now I know why she came into my life. 1John 4:18 says there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. She had no fear in trusting us. I believe thanks to Elsie I am beginning to understand that verse. The one thing above all else that I learned from her is the importance of obedience to follow Him out of love, His love for me not my love for Him.

And so it is with us. We have to learn to follow Him obediently with trust even to death if that is His will for us. I have to admit that I have not always wanted to follow even unto death. I pray I learn to be as obedient as Elsie, trusting and following completely the one who loves me even though I know not where I go, but knowing that even if I am led there even that will be His best for me at that time because I know He loves me. I pray I put my absolute trust in His character even unto death that as in 1John 4:8b it says that God is love, for precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints it’s says in Psalm 116:15. I pray you do as well.

Thank you LORD for teaching me in such ordinary things and even though some lessons are so much harder to learn than others I thank You for them all. I thank You for the privilege of having Elsie in my life to learn from and although many people would not have thought of her as a gift with her many issues, I know now what a precious gift she was from You and I thank You for bringing her into my life and teaching us all so much through her.



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  1. Alona says:

    Thank you Beth for a wonderful tribute to Elsie – I felt as if I had known her even though I never met her. I too have a little 10 year old girl who came with lots of problems at 6 but is pure loving obedience. I wish I could be as obedient to God as she is to me. Thanks for your perspective on the relationship I should have with our Lord. As I watch Miss Rosie peacefully sleeping tonight I am reflecting on your tribute to Elsie as I shed a few tears – I’m a softie for all doggies – big and small. May the Lord be with you both as you grieve the loss of your dear friend.

    August 20th, 2014
  2. Beth says:

    Thank you Alona for your heartfelt comments. It is true that our beloved pets can teach us so much if we just listen. That was the case with Elsie as I’m sure it is with your Miss Rosie. Even though some of God’s lessons are hard I thank Him that He is always good, gracious and merciful. Enjoy your precious gift while she is here. ;)

    August 21st, 2014
  3. Sue Dragos says:

    Thank you, Beth, for putting your experience so eloquently. I love how you are able to connect your life experiences with the Lord. I have been thinking about you lately and how I would enjoy another bible study with you.

    August 24th, 2014
  4. Beth says:

    Awww Thank you so much Sue. I am starting a new class in September and do have room for another lady if you would like to attend. I will email the info to you separately. ;)

    August 24th, 2014

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