“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea [despite the chaos and storms of life swirling around us].” -Psalm 46: 1-2, [Italicized words by author unknown]
When trouble brews in your dog’s life where is his hiding place? Under a bed, in his kennel, behind a big aggressive bark, or with you.
Since Adi was a young pup, she has looked to me as her hiding place.
Although Adi loves other dogs, she is troubled when presented with one significantly larger than her small Labrador frame. Think Rhodesian Ridgeback or Great Dane. From a distance, she’s ecstatic to see the dog coming her way. The moment she comprehends its massive size, she dives behind my legs and hides herself from view. Only after I’ve greeted the dog will she consider a nose to nose sniff greeting.
Adi is a pack animal. So, when my husband takes the kids out for an afternoon of tennis or golf, Adi is troubled by their absence. She responds by gluing herself to my side and not allowing me to leave her line of sight.
By nature, Adi is a sensitive pup. On a recent fishing excursion, we hiked to the base of a waterfall. As soon as we arrived, I could see Adi was visibly troubled. The constant roar of water overwhelmed her ears while the pungent smell of snails assaulted her nose. I took a seat on a rock and within moments she squeezed her 60-pound body onto my lap. She remained there until her senses processed her surroundings, and she was ready to explore the area.
Likewise, Adi finds the sound of fireworks and firecrackers distressing. As July 4th approaches, these sounds pierce the quietude of the night with greater frequency. At the sound of the first boom, Adi tucks tail and races to me with eyes pleading to be moved to a quieter place. A place where she can hear my reassuring voice.
My troubles and your troubles look much different than Adi’s, but they are troubles none the less. The question is-
Where is your hiding place when troubling reports fill the news, troubling events your life, troubling thoughts your mind?
Just like Adi has chosen only one hiding place-her master; I can only have one hiding place- My Lord and Master. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NLT) When I hide in His Word and presence, the troubles remain on the outside but inside I am filled with His peace, joy, and hope. (Psalm 119:114, Psalm 31:20, Romans 15:13)
Thank you Lord for being my “refuge in times of distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat.” (Isaiah 25:4)
“You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”
“The name of the Lords is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are saved.”Psalm 32:7 & Proverbs 18:10, NKJV
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