Recently two kittens showed up at our home, abandoned. Try as we might, we were unable to find a home for them. None of us could bear the thought of taking them to the pound, which was our only option, so Mittens and Missy moved into our garage. These little fluffs of fur are sweet and lovable; some of the most trusting pets I have owned.
Our dog Teddy spotted the kitties first, when he treed one. Nice welcome to the neighborhood, I know. Teddy is a high-energy miniature doxi-poo and at first, wanted nothing more than to catch our new friends, who quickly learned to avoid him like the plague. Over time, Teddy realized they were here to stay, and accepted them, unfortunately wanting to play with them, which to the kittens looked forever like wanting to eat them.
Leaving the house this afternoon, I spotted Teddy – who was unable to leave the borders of the yard due to his shock collar – barking and staring down Missy, who with great fortitude had ended up on the far side of the boundary line. Her hair stood up and it was clear she was terrified, but she dared not move. I approached her and she trustingly came and let me pick her up, relaxing a bit in my arms. As I moved past Teddy, to return her to the safety of the garage, she began to panic. She knew I had her but she also knew the dangerous dog was jumping at her and the fear overwhelmed her gentle trusting nature toward me. She began to claw trying everything to jump out of the safety of my arms.
Wanting to calm her anxiousness, I placed her on the ground, knowing by now Teddy was just wanting to play. It did not go well. In her terror, she hissed and clawed him, completely overcome with anxiety.
Seconds later, she was safe in the garage out of Teddy’s reach and I had time to consider. As believers we rest safely in the arms of the Father, but when we encounter great trials in this life, do we continue to remain there?
When sheer terror arises, do we feel the need to flee, or continue walking by faith? We can rest assured that God is not surprised and will not leave us abandoned. If He calls us to a place of difficulty, He will give us what we need to remain faithful in it. In His will is the safest place to be. Remember dear child of God that He sees all, and knows all. He has a plan to prosper you, and He will ultimately be glorified. You can always rest in that fact.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”