My dog was freaking me out the other night.
It was a beautiful night and I was the only one home.
I took a book, a few magazines, a glass of lemonade and a few candles and set myself up on my patio for an enjoyable evening of reading.
I turned on the patio lights and my evening began.
My Sophie (my large Bernese Mt. Dog) lay still in the soft green grass just a few feet from me. Every once in a while she’d pick up her head and her ears would perk up as if she were hearing something important.
She’d done this several times on this particular evening and each time it unnerved me a bit. What was she hearing? Was there a raccoon nearby?
Was it a skunk? A person?
Why could she just not lay there and relax?
She was beginning to ruin my otherwise peaceful evening.
After a bit, she got up and left her spot in the grass and sauntered onto the patio with me. At first I thought she was just going to lie down on the patio carpet. She not only walked onto the carpet and past the carpet, but she then circled and went behind my patio chair! This put her behind me and between my chair and a corner of our house.
Now I was freaked out alright!
What on earth was she so afraid of?!
She’s down to having only 3 legs so I told her to “stay” as I entered our home through the back door.
She can only enter and exit now through the front door due to her leg strength. I went in through the back door, freaked out and annoyed. I exited through the front door to be able to walk around the house and get her and take her in the now unlocked front door.
As I exited the front door, I was able to see what had scared her and had her on edge.
There were flashes of lightning far off.
I hadn’t been able to see them from the back patio, but Sophie sensed them.
Now, not so annoyed, I took her around the house and in to safety. I pondered the idea of staying on the patio by myself for a bit, but decided against it. I no sooner had gathered all of my reading materials and shut off the patio lights when the thunder rolled in.
A few minutes later I sat close to Sophie (now inside the house) as the thunder and hail raged outside.
Sophie had senses that were more in touch with our surroundings than I had.
God, Our Father, knows all things
In all seasons
In all matters.
May we tune into Him
As close as Sophie tuned into her surroundings.
May we not run and “hide” as she did,
But trust and embrace God
And walk through the circumstances that surround us knowing that He is in control.
May we lean on Him
In our times of fear and receive the comfort that only He can give.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”