A deep Christian faith can be a source of spiritual strength during times of distress. Even celebrities who have done their share of riotous living are able to feel God’s guidance in their lives during an hour of need.
According to Daily Mail, country music star Dolly Parton was on the verge of suicide. The only thing that kept her from pulling the trigger was her little dog, Popeye. Parton takes Popeye’s appearance at just the right moment to be a sign from God.
Parton described how she has lived wildly most of her life. Back in the eighties, she struggled with the ramifications of her excessive lifestyle. She was 50 pounds overweight due to binge eating.
Moreover, the country music icon had an emotionally damaging extra-marital affair. Although she did not name who she was involved with, observers believe Parton’s secret relationship was with her band leader, Greg Perry.
According to Parton, the affair was so devastating that she nearly took her own life. The singer claims that, in retrospect, she is not certain whether she would have pulled the trigger or not, but may have done so had it not been for divine intervention.
Help came from an unlikely source–her Boston terrier, Popeye. “I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the nightstand drawer my gun that I keep for burglars. I looked at it a long time…”
“Then, just as I picked it up, just to hold it and look at it for a moment, our little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs. The tap-tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality. I suddenly froze. I put the gun down. Then I prayed,” she said.
For Parton, the saving grace was not an accident, but a blessing from above. “I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.” The music star also expressed newfound sympathy for those who deal with suicidal thoughts.
“Now that I’ve gone through that terrible moment, I can certainly understand the possibilities even for someone solid like me if the pain gets bad enough,” she said. Parton attributes overcoming her near-death experience with strengthening the Christian faith she was raised with. Although the country singer’s lifestyle has been at odds with Christian morality, faith in God has played an important role in her outlook.
“A belief in God is essential,” Parton said. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” With respect to her miraculous rescue via her beloved dog, Popeye, Parton added: “I think I believed that so much that I made it happen.”
Dolly Parton also recently made headlines when a writer for Slate attended the country icon’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Show to try to slander it as “racist.” But the event turned out to be a positive, pro-American atmosphere for attendees of all backgrounds.
As the Tampa Bay Times notes, Dolly Parton is one of the biggest artists in country music history, having garnered more Grammy nominations than anyone else in the genre. She is also a music producer, actress, and businesswoman.