Last night I re-watched a true story about a dog named ‘Hachiko – a dog’s tale’ with Richard Gere. A special bred of dog who bonds so uniquely with one person his whole life.
Such was the story of this dog and his master. A dog that would wait for his master to come home each night on a train – sometimes waiting hours in the same spot across from the doors of the train station – just waiting until he saw him come out.
The dog even sensed something bad was about to happen and acted strangely the day that his master left for work one day on the train. It was the day his master had a fatal heart attack – and never came home.
Undaunted, Hachi spent the rest of his life waiting for him to come off the train – sitting and waiting everyday for him to appear and walk out of the train station. He waited – and his master never came.
Such fierce loyalty and devotion. He would not be dissuaded. Dogs do not understand death – or absence of someone they love. Others tried to get him to go on with life, take him away – but he would always run away when he had the chance and continue to wait, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
This was based on a true story – and made into a movie – the real ‘Hachi’ waited for 9 years for his master and died in 1934. It was so unusual that a monument was made with a likeness of the dog – waiting outside the train station for all to see.
Do we have the same fierce loyalty to other people in our lives, or to what we believe in – or to God himself? If someone observed us – would they say of us that we were eternally optimistic about life – waiting for the day? Not allowing other events, people or circumstances to sway us from our faith – our life?
I’m almost embarrassed to admit it – I HATE waiting for anything. I can not just ‘wait it out’ when I’m in a terrible spot emotionally – or physically. It is very difficult. I pout and rant and rave – and claim, ‘UNFAIR’ – when I know deep down inside that waiting for things I don’t understand will produce things in my character and help me become more like Jesus. But I am unwilling to do it – at least with a good attitude. And wait in silence? Never. Patience and waiting for things – like the reasons and answers for the questions – never comes easy to me. I want so badly to be more understanding in my ‘waiting’ – to know God more – to let go of myself and my limited perception and just….trust. But like you – it is a struggle for me.
What are you waiting for? Do you have the courage to hang on – when you may never get the answer you seek? Can you just…..wait?
I am praying for you
- “Hachi: A Dog’s Story” Movie Review (agordonins.wordpress.com)