Trusting God In The Storms Of Life

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Trusting God in the Storm

As my sweet little Aussie trembles and pants vigorously, the thunder rumbles on and the lightening flashes brightly and repeatedly in the window. The weather is out of my control, but I feel like I have been assigned to be her master and comforter. Yet, the efforts I have tried to help her feel safe have worked minimally, if at all.

Why loud noises frighten dogs and not others is unclear. How can a dog really fully understand the crashes in the sky and the vibration of their world. You would think though that she would realize, especially after a few storms, that she will get through it just fine. But it is the same every time.

trusting God in the stormThen the light bulb went on and I realized that we humans do the exact same thing, often every time things get real rough. We put our eyes on the trouble, the pain or hardship that surrounds us instead of our Master. I love that section in the Bible that talks about Peter stepping out in faith to walk on the water to Jesus. He was fine at the start, but then took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the waves crashing around him. That’s when he began to sink. Isn’t it nice how Jesus knows us so well and chooses to love us anyway. He reached out to Peter, brought his focus back to Him and pulled him up out of the water.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,“ Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” He said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:26-31

Though my dog has a spirit according to the Bible, it is not the same spirit as a human, meaning we as humans are able to relate to our Maker and understand the basic grand scheme of things. In His word, we are told to not be anxious, but basically trust in the Lord no matter what’s going on.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I like that before these verses, we are told that the Lord is near. Said another way, the Lord is with us, He knows what’s going on and wants us to trust Him. Then it tells us after these verses to be focusing on the good things. This will help us to keep our focus where it needs to be.

Later in 1 Peter, it tells us to cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us.

Speaking for myself and others I’ve have come across, it is hard sometimes to be perfect at this, if that is even possible. Though I know my Lord and Savior loves me and His Holy Spirit is with me always to guide and comfort me through the challenges of life, I sometimes let anxiety or fear get the upper hand. It is a process to get my primary focus back on Him. Though troubles don’t magically vanish, I have greater strength to get through whatever it is.

Dog Anxiety vs Human Anxiety:  Is There Really That Much Difference?

I thought about that. Isn’t that true for the dog that is so scared with the thunder crashing in the sky. Maybe worse, as she doesn’t know the grand scheme of things. She doesn’t know there is a Master Creator that watches out after us. And even so, if she did, she would know that it doesn’t mean we won’t have hard times and pain in this life. Just because we belong to our Savior, we are not exempt from trials on this present earth. It does mean that whatever happens, ultimately our Savior will see us through.

Just like I have tried to help her deal with these scary storms, her fear overrides these efforts. Another light bulb moment, that is not any different than us humans sometimes. Then I thought, maybe it is just necessary to go through the anxiety. Going through it ultimately helps us more than if it just magically went away at the exact moment it arrives. Our troubles in life are certainly not pleasant and I’d rather not have them. I’d rather she didn’t have them, but we know there will be these challenges while on this present earth.

Trusting God In The Storm Is Definitely An Ongoing Process For Me

My takeaway is that I’ll do all I can to help my dog cope with these crazy thunder storms that send her into such panic, but ultimately, she has to do the rest. And for me, when trouble and anxiety come, although unpleasant, I will choose to take comfort in knowing that my Lord is near and will help me through it. I will do my best to keep my eyes on Him and not the storm around me.

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