Daily Archives: July 4, 2011

Joshua 6:6-27; Psalm 135-136; Isaiah 66; Matthew 14

Psalm 135:5  “I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.”

Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His love endures forever.”

Matthew 14:26-27  “…they were terrified…but Jesus immediately said to them:  Take courage.  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

So here, in the rural area where we live, our neighbors enjoy celebrating the 4th of July for an extended period of time.  For the past week or so, the evenings have been punctuated by sounds of explosions both nearby and far away.  This unfamiliar sound has our two dogs stressed to the max.  Interestingly, one cowers under my desk or bed (as long as her head is hidden…she is “safe”) while the other frantically tries to round up (protect) the cats.

I find myself frustrated that neither of them trust me when I tell them that they are okay, that we are safe, that the loud noises do not mean the end of the world.

They appear foolish to me.  This is not the first time the dogs have heard thunder or fireworks.  The house has never fallen in on them before!  Don’t they know they can trust me?

Does God ever feel that way about me?  Despite the many times He has shown up in miraculous ways, I still spend more time than I should anxiously fretting about a situation.  Despite His Word repeatedly reminding me of His love and care for me…I waste time…like Shadow, sometimes I hide under the bed, and like Cody, sometimes I run around “taking care of everything” rather than trusting the One who cares for us all.

Thank you, Heavenly Father for your consistent love and provision.  Thank you for your patience, when I learn more slowly than I should.

Karen (byhisgracekml)


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