I caught the last half of the movie “Hachi” this afternoon. “The Engineer” had gotten it for Christmas and this was the 1st time the kids had watched it. What a great movie! Mini-me walked in from school in time to see the last 10 minutes and cried just over that much. If you’ve never seen it I hope this won’t spoil anything for you. A man finds a puppy and despite his family’s objections keeps him. They forge a unique friendship. The dog can hardly stand to be apart from his master. Everyday he walks his master to the train station, goes home, and returns at 5 o’clock to walk him back home from work.
One day the master has a heart attack and dies while teaching and he never comes home. The grown daughter of the man tries to take in the dog, but the dog can not forget his master and returns day after day to the train station to wait for him. Week after week, month after month, year after year, he waits. He becomes something of a celebrity and people send money to the train station for his care. One day, the dog sensing his own death approaching, goes to his regular spot one last time, lies down and dreams of his master coming for him.
I was thinking of this remarkable story, which is based on a true story of a dog in the 1920’s and 30’s. I want to be like Hachi… I want my day to revolve around my master. I want to bless others who see me watching faithfully day after day for His return, and if I should die before He returns… I want my last thoughts to be of Him, remembering our walk together in this life and dreaming of our soon reunion.