I’m a Hearts at Home blogger and beginning this month, HAH bloggers will be participating in a “blog hop” every third Thursday of the month. This month’s topic is “what miracles have you experienced in your life?” Here’s a miracle or two that I’ll never forget…

God was in miracle-working mode back in 1998 when my youngest son, Braden, was only two years old.

Braden, Graham and Jordan with "Jet" in 1998 - Unfortunately, I cut the nose off our miracle dog!

It was a warm spring day and I had lots of housework I wanted to get done. So I welcomed the chance to let my three sons out to play in the backyard of our new house. At some point, the two older boys, Jordan and Graham, who were about eight and five at the time, climbed the chain link fence to play with the neighbor boy. Unfortunately, this left my youngest son alone in our yard. Apparently, he didn’t like that one bit.

I suppose he wandered around for a while thinking of ways to get over to where the action was. Meanwhile, I was still totally engrossed in cleaning my house. So when Braden managed to find a gate in the far, far back of our yard hidden by huge evergreen trees, I had no idea that he was wandering off into foreign territory.

In fact, just behind our house was a busy street that led to an even busier street. Braden wandered out of the gate and started walking down the road in search of a way to get to where his brothers were. But here’s where the first miracle came into play—our black lab, Jet, stayed right by Braden’s side as they wandered down this busy street. Then shortly after that, our second miracle happened. A policeman was cruising by and noticed the odd scene—a little tot in the middle of a busy road with his loyal lab by his side.

Just in time, the policeman scooped Braden and Jet up and somehow managed to find our home, even though based on Braden’s location that probably wasn’t easy (but then, miracles are never easy!).

At some point I heard the doorbell ring. To my surprise, I answered the door to a policeman. He didn’t have Braden with him, so I wasn’t sure what he wanted. He asked to come in and see a family picture. I showed him one and when he saw Braden in the picture, he told me he had our son and dog in his cruiser. I couldn’t believe my ears!

I immediately took the policeman to the backyard to try and solve the mystery. I showed him that the only gate I knew about had a lock on it. But then Braden showed us where he had gotten out of the yard—the hidden gate that we, as new home owners, knew nothing about. The policeman dismissed the situation as simply an accident. But we called it a miracle and I thank God to this day for watching out for my little boy and his dog!

Braden gained a love for all dogs, even stuffed ones, after the miracle!

“Be careful. Don’t think these little children are worth nothing. I tell you that they have angels in heaven who are always with my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 (NCV)

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Comments on: "My Miracle – A Boy, a Dog and a Cop" (9)

  1. Pam Mueller said:

    Awww….great story, Beth! Sweet photos of the boys! Great to remember God is still in the miracle working business. :o)

  2. That policeman was an angel in disguise! Thank God your little Braden was safe.

  3. Thanks for sharing your story! What beautiful children you have!

  4. This is great! Reading this made me realize I could have written about how God protected my daughter last summer! If you want to read about it, here’s the link.


    I’m soooo glad never sleeps or slumbers, or gets busy talking or cleaning or blogging! 🙂

  5. I mean, that GOD never sleeps… 🙂

  6. What a blessing to see such provision!

  7. Your story encourages me to keep praying protection over my five little ones.. and by the way, I can TOTALLY understand how you could be “immersed in housework” with three little boys underfoot 🙂

    Thanks for the glimpse of our Great GOD!


  8. You’re right, Alicia, I think we do need to pray for protection. But even more, I forget to thank God for his protection. This was a good exercise for me to remember how good God is.

    And thanks so much for noticing the “mommy guilt” that I didn’t really elaborate on in this post. I did feel guilty about that, so it’s always nice to hear someone reassure me that it might be easy to get too immersed in cleaning. Thanks!

  9. IT WAS A MIRACLE. No doubt. I am so glad he was okay. I am soooo glad this had a happy ending. I don’t know how many times the Lord has saved my kiddies from getting hurt, lost and tons of other things that I’m sure I don’t even have knowledge of!

    Thank you for sharing!

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