Thursday, July 28, 2011

Challenging The Unknown

It was the responsibility of Doc, our German shepherd, to be the protector of our home. He had been specially trained for this duty. Each evening he would travel from room to room making sure that “all was well.” After he completed his “tour” he would lie patiently between our chairs never leaving us for a moment.

One evening he heard thunder for the first time. Up went his ears. His eyebrows furrowed. Finally, he sat up ready to do something. His only problem was that he did not know what to do: they did not teach him “thunder” at the dog training school. So, he immediately began running from room to room, barking loudly and looking for an intruder who dared to challenge him.

Initially, it was rather humorous. But as the intensity of his search continued and his fear and frustration became more futile, I called him to my side. Then I ordered him to sit, placed his body next to my leg and petted him gently until the thunder and his fear was gone.

Thunderstorms are common in all of our lives. They often appear with no warning. One moment the sky is blue, the clouds are bright and the breeze gentle. The next moment we are facing driving rains and fierce winds. Said King David: “But when I am afraid, I put my trust in You!”

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the peace that comes with Your protection and the strength You give with Your grace. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

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