“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake…. Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.” Psalm 46:1-3
I’ve had Daisy, a rescue dog, for nearly two years. It took two weeks for my son to capture her in his yard. A veterinarian guessed her age to be somewhere between puppyhood and adult dog, but no one knows her history. By the matted fur and protruding ribs, we could only assume she had been on the streets for a few weeks.
A rescue puppy doesn’t just thank you for taking her or him in. It takes time for the animal to trust his environment and people. Daily used to run and hide under a bed any time someone came to the house. She wouldn’t allow anyone to touch her without seeing the fear in her eyes, and she’d snap at anyone who tried to put a collar around her neck. She was dragged around the block before she learned it was okay to walk by my side, and she had to learn to eat out of a bowl instead of the floor. Fortunately, she was house trained.
Humans can express their distrust and can build courage by challenging their fears. And we can seek help from the ultimate trustee—Our Lord and Savior.
Thank you, Lord, for being our safe place to land while we become more courageous. Amen.