As I stood in the kitchen perplexed and frustrated, I saw Scooter standing next to me. He'd enjoyed following me throughout the house and must have been wondering what I planned to do next. I said, "Scooter, where's Jasper? Help me find him. Let's go find Jasper?"
To my surprise, he walked toward the staircase and ran up, looking back to see if I was coming. So I followed him. I didn't have much faith in his tracking ability, but since I'd had no success in finding Jasper so far, I was willing to see where he'd lead me. He stopped in front of the guest bathroom and I saw a cat come out. No, it was only Link again. I said, "No, Scooter. That's Link. Where is Jasper?" He looked at me, then looked back at the bathroom. I turned the light on and saw only a clean bathroom with the shower curtain completely closed. What were the chances that Jasper had jumped behind the shower curtain without pushing them aside a bit? Well, it was worth a try. He wasn't anywhere else that I had searched. I pulled the shower curtain back and there was Jasper staring at me. I was so relieved to know I hadn't lost him after all. I told Scooter, "You're such a good dog!"
Later, as I told my son what had happened, he reminded me of the time we had lost my parent's cat, Mitzi, outside. She was declawed, so we were anxious to find her. We had searched and called for her for quite some time. And then our son decided to take Scooter outside and see if he could find her. He immediately ran to the big garden out back, but after searching a bit, my son decided Scooter wasn't a good hunting dog and continued searching elsewhere. About thirty minutes later we found her exactly where Scooter had led us to in the first place--in the garden, but hiding under some big leaves.
I told my son, neither of us seem to have much faith in Scooter's ability to hunt. Our lack of faith in him didn't mean he didn't know what he was doing.
How often does my lack of faith in God keep me from finding the answer I'm looking for. I pray, but do I really expect God to answer? Am I relying more on my own understanding and trusting my own wisdom? It is good that I pray, but then I need to be watchful for God's direction and listen for His answer. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5&6)
Sometimes His answer is found as I am reading my Bible and a verse just seems to pop out at me. I can sense He's telling me exactly what I needed to hear. Other times, he places a thought into my head that I just know I wouldn't have thought of on my own. The answer has also come as I was sitting in church and listening to the message, as though the preacher had a glimpse into my thoughts and was answering my unspoken questions. There are many ways God speaks, but we must have ears to hear Him speak.
"Then Jesus said, 'Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.'" (Mark 4:9)