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Guide Dog Tales Vol. 29


By Carolyn Dale Newell

It is surprising how people offer assistance when I walk with Iva more than when I walked with a white cane. I needed more help as a cane user than a guide dog handler.

On our drive to the beach, we stopped at Cracker Barrell, one of our favorite restaurants. Iva rested quietly under our table. One year ago, to the day, (October 8) Iva and I graduated from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Her table manners are remarkable. I recall how much she moved around during meals at school. Plus, she had a taste for the chairs. I covered that in prayer, and God answered.

I finished my salad, so Iva and I headed towards the restrooms. Iva looked for an opening to turn left as I commanded her. Skreetchingg witches, autumn displays, and customers obstructed the aisles.

Joy, the hostess, approached us, inquiring about Iva. Joy’s love for dogs shone like the mid-day sun.

She offered to escort us to the lady’s room as the crowd thickened. I have never been so grateful because she warned us about a puddle of water the toilet splashed out in the handicap stall. Iva prefers it. I coaxed Iva into a smaller one, and Joy waited for us. Joy noted how Iva watches and protects me as she walked us to the door leading outside. She chatted a few minutes. I assured her we were fine waiting for my husband. Joy slipped inside, but she returned shortly to check on us.

We never require that amount of aid, but I could not deny her. I thought of all the times I have wished someone would help. Finding someone willing to go the distance like that is rare. I prefer it to the folks who walk right by thinking I see nothing. Yes, I see some of them.

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) like joy. Kindness costs us nothing. A smile to a stranger. A friendly greeting to someone at the check-out. A hug to the lonely lady at church. A few encouraging words to the cancer survivor. The hand supporting the gentleman unsteady on his feet. The arm that leads the blind.

Kindness appears to be minimal, and we forget to offer it. Our busy schedules restrain us from the few minutes that mean the world to someone else. Sacrificial moments enable us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Who can you be kind to today?



Throwback Thursday: Angels Watching



For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Ps. 91:11(NKJV)

God and His angels are always with us. I have seen the evidence of that when I go walking, and I encounter lawn mowers, a blind person’s worst enemy. Just last week, I heard a lawn mower on the next block, and I decided to go down a different street. It was unchartered territory for me, and my only thought was to make the right turn on Elm Avenue, but I forgot about the alley. When I felt the open space, I assumed it was Elm, but it led me to someone’s yard. Where was my street?

Before I realized what I had done, Shirley, my neighbor, appeared. Now Shirley is not an angel, but that particular day, she was heaven sent. She explained that she had heard my cane tapping, and she knew that I was not on my regular path. She directed me on down to Elm Avenue.

I saw the watchful care of my heavenly Father that day. It gave me the confidence to walk on new streets, which I had been hesitant to try.

Friend, there are angels watching over you too. They are on your job, at your home, and on the highways. “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:9-10). We have confidence that God will not allow any harm to come to us. You are thinking, “What about the time…?” That was my thought when I first read these verses, but sometimes, God allows things to happen for His own purpose and glory. God is our refuge, our habitation, our dwelling place. If He cares enough to get a blind lady on the right street, think what He will do for you!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.