By: Dr. Margaret Moore, CVM Veterinarian from Ohio
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.” – Psalm 36:5-6
The veterinary profession is extremely rewarding, but at times it can also be very challenging and stressful. We deal with life and death situations involving beloved members of our clients’ families on a daily basis. Psalm 36:5-6 brings me a great deal of comfort during these difficult times. I love the fact that the same loving and awesome God who created all of mankind also created each individual pet that walks into my practice. That means He also loves these pets and is concerned for all of their needs when they are sick. I will often find myself praying verse 6 back to God when I am managing a seriously ill patient. It helps me keep my focus on the one who is in control.
I also keep these verses close to my heart to keep me grounded. There is nothing better than watching a patient make a full recovery from a serious condition. At one time, I may have caught myself feeling proud at times like this, but now I see things with a new perspective. I feel blessed that God has given me the opportunity to have a hand in helping these pets get better, but once again I know that God is ultimately the one in charge. All the credit and the glory go to Him, and it is a real joy and privilege to be able to witness the hand of God at work in the lives of my patients.
This knowledge that God is always in control also relieves some of the pressure that comes with this profession. I do the best I can for every patient entrusted in my care, but the hard truth is that there are times when a pet is not able to be saved. It is by far the most painful part of this wonderful calling. But I know I can trust in the Lord and leave everything in His caring hands.
Take comfort in the one who is in control. You are not on this journey alone.