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Lightning flashes and thunder reverberates in the room. Wide-eyed and tail down, our little dog runs to my chair. Whispering words of comfort, I scoop him into my arms and cradle his shaking body. He looks at me with puppy dog eyes as if to question why I don’t fix things, and why I don’t stop the frightening noises.
I hate that he’s afraid. The weather radar shows the storm is only a rain shower. I whisper encouragement and hold him close. If only our little dog could understand my words, he would know he was safe.
Holding him, I wonder how often I’ve run to God, wanting Him to dispel scary things and make life all better. I’ve often cried to Him when evil touched my life, or worries regarding health, job, children, family, and friends became overwhelming. I try to show my dog how much I love him and that he can trust me to keep him safe. God knows we also get afraid and need His tender touch.
No matter how difficult the day, God’s voice speaks through His Word with encouragement and hope. Don’t fear, I’m with you. Don’t be dismayed, I am your God. I will provide strength and help you. I will hold you with my hand. I am the Lord, your God, who takes your hand and say, don’t fear. I will help you (Isaiah 41:10,13).
Storms will blow, but God’s comfort is found in the whisper of His loving words.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken, says the Lord who has compassion on you.” ~ Isaiah 54:10 (NASB)