I can see why it's so easy for people to question their faith when faced with such grief. I don't understand it, and right now, I don't like it, but I will trust in God's plan. However, I have to admit that I have struggled with doubts about whether or not I will ever see Payton again. Is the Rainbow Bridge real? Do all dogs really go to heaven? Let me tell you, the idea of her being gone forever is mind numingly painful, so I did some research.
Referring to God's plan for the world, the Bible says in Ephesians 1:10,
to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.And in Romans 8:19-21,
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.This means to me that one day all of creation, which our furkids are a part of, will be transformed. It follows as such in Isaiah 11:6-9 that there will be a time of peace where nature is returned to its intended balance and harmony when Jesus Christ reigns over the earth.
The wolf will live with the lamb,Becuase I have accepted Jesus as my savior I know I will be in heaven one day, but will Payton join me in heaven? I think so. If all the animals mentioned in Isaiah 11:6-9 will be then there is no way our loving God will exclude the very animals that are a true expression of His unconditional love. I look forward to the day I can hold and kiss my Angel of Love again.
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.