Casper, at about 1
DayBreaks for 4/20/16 – Lessons My Dog Taught Me, #39
From the DayBreaks archive, 4/20/2006:
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
We have been absolutely deluged with rain this year. Cloverdale averages about 37 inches of rain a year. So far, we’ve had over 60 inches of rain…and more is in the forecast. I don’t think that I’ve ever lived anywhere during my life where there’s been so much precipitation in a single year. Everyone in town is rather depressed by the gray skies and “liquid sunshine”, and on those rare days recently when the sun has actually managed to get out of bed in the morning and shine a bit, everyone’s spirits shoot right up.
Even our dogs have had their downs. Our oldest dog, Rainy, is a mostly yellow lab and as a water dog, you’d think she’d not really care about the rainfall, and to some extent, she doesn’t. But I think that even she’s getting tired of it. Casper, just a bit over a year old, doesn’t have enough experience to know whether this has been normal or not, but he LOVES the sunshine. In fact, as I write, the clouds have temporarily broken and it’s streaming through the window and he’s laying on the floor, snoring, in the sunshine.
The last time we had sunshine, Casper stood (on the bed!) staring out the window at the sun, the leaves, the trees and grass. There were reflections and leaves that looked like different colors than he’s been seeing, and he clearly wasn’t used to it. He was really stirred up! But Rainy, being older and more mature, came into the same room, hopped up on the bed, sighed heavily and lay down to sleep.
Casper was a perfect example of someone who didn’t know how to let his anxiety go. I don’t know, but when we are all stressed out, if we look as funny to God as Casper did to us, God must spend a lot of time laughing about our franticness. We spend far too much of our lives staring and chasing reflections, worrying about what’s happening and how it’s going to turn out. (I know that there are momentous things in life that are very legitimate challenges to us and which will naturally upset us, but Paul was pretty clear about it: Don’t be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING…present your requests to God.
It’s hard to do when it affects our loved ones, but it is worth the effort to trust God. We need to remember that He sees things much differently than we do, but He IS trustworthy…in EVERYTHING.
PRAYER: Lord, the events of this life often seem so frightening. We, like Martha, are worried about many things. We carry burdens that we weren’t intended to carry, worrying over things that we cannot control, afraid to trust you fully for fear that you may not do what we want. Help us to learn that what we want is often not what is truly best. Help us to trust fully in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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