I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:2-4
Stories have long been a tried and true method of conveying subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) messages, perhaps even from the beginning of time. Allegories, fables, parables, fairy tales—even television shows, movies, and novels—most convey some sort of message. Jesus was a master storyteller, frequently using parables to convey simple truths to his followers while at the same time confounding his critics. And, it’s not at all uncommon for God to continue to speak to us today through ordinary circumstances that teach us more about who he is. One of the ways he’s done this for me was to speak through the life of a sweet, little dog named Sheba, who was a part of our family for more than 10 years. During her lifetime, the Lord repeatedly taught me lessons that I recorded in my journals.
Pug Parables, my first book, was initially published in 2006. One of the parables, A Price Was Paid was posted here on June 18 2012. Now I feel led to begin posting all of the stories of my wonderful little pug in order to illustrate this amazing way that God still speaks to us today. Pug Parables is also available as a free download.