Zeke is part of our family. He is a rescue that came from an abusive home and we have loved on him for 9 years. He just went missing for 5 days and had a totally miraculous adventure.
When we discovered Zeke was missing from escaping our yard, our whole family was distraught, including our Kenyan family. Dickson, our Kenyan Executive Director, sent word that all of our children and staff in Kenya were praying, "Expect a miracle...," he said. So we did. We decided to keep praying for Zeke's return.
The day after he went missing as Joshua, my husband, went door to door he heard news from a neighbor of a Red Truck that saw Zeke running down the middle of an extremely busy road. "The Red Truck stopped traffic to try to save him," the neighbor said, " but he was running so fast there's really no way they caught him."
Groups of us searched each day and throughout the night, worried sick that Zeke was out facing the elements, cold rainy nights and worst of all the coyotes. We posted signs and ads everywhere, called every shelter and vet. We had friends and family praying. As the days went on our hearts sank. Joshua looked at me one day in tears and said, “I’m just so sad without him,” and we cried.
Here’s the Miracle:
The night Zeke went missing I heard in my spirit that he was in Battleground (a town 20 minutes away), but it was way too far so I ignored it. There's no way a 10lb dog ran that far, I thought. So the hunt continued.
On the third day as I searched down a street near our area I stopped and prayed out loud for God to give me something, a word, a message, symbol, anything that would show me where he is. I looked up and saw an EAGLE Statue. Something about the Eagle Statue made me take note. “Okay God, this is strange but I’ll keep an eye out for Eagles.”
The next day I felt lead to try a different area, desperate because there was still no sign of him. Battleground was North, it kept ringing in my spirit, but it was just too impossible. I went East instead. No sign of him. As I started heading back I stopped at a traffic light and noticed just ahead of me, one lane over, a large maroon truck headed North that said “Man’s Best Friend Dog Training” - and it also had a large EAGLE sticker on the back which was next to a phone number. An EAGLE! With a DOG company! When I got home I called the company and although they didn’t have Zeke I found out they were in Battleground. Because I still couldn’t shake the feeling that Zeke was in Battleground I took this as a sign.
That night, in the dark pouring rain, my friend Jasmine and I drove to Battleground and posted a few signs.
Sopping wet and freezing cold we had one sign to go. A truck stopped us in our tracks, “I think I saw your dog running down the street today!” Shocked, we stopped and he showed us exactly where on a map. We headed to the area, Joshua met us there, and together we searched into the night and posted more signs. No sign of Zeke.
We went home exhausted and worried, BUT with HOPE to keep searching in Battleground.
The following day, Saturday, messages came to us from several loved ones saying, “This is the Day!” We hoped it was of course but we had heard a pack of coyotes the night before which sank our hearts. Joshua and I prayed out loud as we searched, sleep deprived and weary, “God, we stand on your Word and your Promises! Give us strength! Our hope is in You!”
Later that day my Dad and I drove around town to post the last few signs we had. We focused on main roads leading to Battleground and decided to put one of our last small signs at the Costco in our town since it’s busy on the weekends. Our Costco has several entrances and exits so we fretted over which one to dedicate our one little sign to. We actually chose a slower entrance based on it's proximity to Battleground and Dad said, “It’s in God’s hands now.”
We headed back to Battleground and drove around some more in the rain. Ballparks, restaurants, neighborhoods...a couple of hours later, as we searched in a local nature preserve, I received a phone call…
“Hi, I saw your sign at Costco regarding the missing dog.”
“Yes,” I said, “He’s still missing…” I assumed she was another wonderful neighbor calling to console or encourage us. We have been so blessed by our neighborhood!
“Well, I think I have your dog.”
My heart stopped. Was it really him? She launched into the story:
She and her daughter were in their RED TRUCK when they saw Zeke running down the busy road. Knowing it was him I started crying so hard I couldn't speak...They chased him for over an hour into a field until he was so tired he relented and laid down, they picked him up and brought him home. "I knew this little dog would never make it out here on the dark busy roads at night, and with coyote filled forests, so we made sure we rescued him." She and her daughter kept Zeke safe hoping to hear something. She felt terrible she didn't think to check his microchip. Miraculously, they had just seen our sign at Costco!
I asked where she lived...BATTLEGROUND!!!
Since Dad and I were already there we met within 10 minutes and Zeke was back in my arms.
He was shaking at first but licked my face and I knew all was well. We thanked and hugged the Angels that rescued him.
A minute into the drive home my dad pointed, “A rainbow!” “God’s Promise!,” I said, “Joshua and I were just proclaiming this morning that we choose to Trust Him and Stand on His Promises.” I was in awe as I reflected on the journey we had just been on and how God showed up in every detail - down to the rainbow finish! Zeke sighed, relaxed and fell fast asleep in my lap. He's home!
This was one of the most emotional and physically exhausting experiences. We could not have done it without the support and prayers of our wonderful community, family and friends. THANK YOU ALL.
Above all we chose to have hope, faith, trust - and God continued to inspire us not to give up. The fact God chose to guide us through the symbol of an eagle reminds me of ISAIAH 40:31:
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Our Kenyan children lovingly celebrated Zeke's return. Dickson was right - there was a miracle.
God is Good, He loves us, He loves all creation, He hears and answers prayer. He is IN the details and if you listen He will guide you. It may be loud but most of the time God’s Spirit speaks in a still, small voice. We need to quiet everything around us, the noise of the world (which is a Battleground), and focus on Him to hear it.
Keep Hope & Faith Alive and know you can Stand on His Promises. And as my Godmother said in relation to Zeke's story: We have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much that he will not rest until we are found. All we need to do is stop running, lay down our burdens and allow him to rescue us and bring us home.
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