When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.
"Storm's coming," Dad announces.
The sun is shining. Only random clouds float through the sky.
"How do you know?" I ask.
"Look at the dog."
Sure enough. Dutchess, our beloved mutt, is sitting at Dad's feet and trembling all over. With her keen hearing, she detects ominous rumbles in the distance. As they edge ever closer and we, too, can now hear them, we dread seeing Dutchess' mounting distress.
All over the house, she goes. Scratching in corners. Ducking under sofas. Crawling behind chairs. Burying herself in closets. Leaping onto the beds.
Looking for a safe place, and escape from the roaring thunder which torments her sensitive ears. Frazzles her every nerve.
The very moment when Dutchess thinks she finds a perfect hiding place - BOOM!!! Another violent crash sends her dashing madly for another sanctuary.
Panting . . . Whining . . . Shaking, in the immortal words of Elvis, "like a leaf on a tree".
And, no matter how we try to follow her and offer solace with soothing words and gentle strokes to her fur, she will not be comforted.
Aren't all of us guilty of acting like Dutchess at some point in our lives? When troubles hit like a raging storm, we run hither and thither, pillar to post, trying duck and dodge the pain. The anguish. The sorrow . . .
Even if we, like the Psalmist, "stretch out untiring hands" to the Lord and attempt to turn our burdens over to Him, how many times have we snatched those worries, that grief, our problems right back out of His hands?
Not trusting in His soothing Word. His gentle touch . . .
Refusing to be comforted by the only One who can calm the storms of life.
Are you experience stress or distress at this time in your life?
Will you pray with me?
We know, Father, that You are the Great Comforter. When life's burdens become too overwhelming for us to handle on our own, may we always turn to You for help. Let us ever trust in Your Word, Your touch, and Your saving grace. Amen.
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