There’s been several times when Buddy has fought me while I’ve been trying to hold him to ensure that he lands safely: whether placing him in this washtub in the laundry room to check that he doesn’t have an injury to his back paw and wash it clean or when I try to place him on the ground in the garage after a drive in my car. He spreadeagled himself across the laundry tub tonight and he often fights me to leap out of my arms onto the carport, instead of trusting me to hold him tightly and guarantee he has a safe landing on the concrete.
This verse is one of my favorites and has sustained me emotionally in many an unstable or frightening situation:
“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”–Isaiah 41:10
And “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand. Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.'”–Isaiah 41:13
God makes these statements after reminding His people through the prophet Isaiah that He is omnipotent, omniscient and cannot be conquered.
He loves us and carries us close to His heart as our great Shepherd. Isaiah 40:11
He needs no counsel. Isaiah 40:13
The nations are as nothing compared to His power. Isaiah 40:15
No judge or ruler can defeat Him. Isaiah 40:25
He is so powerful that He created the stars, sustains them and calls these many myriad celestial bodies by name. Isaiah 40:26
He has no equal. Isaiah 40:25
He never becomes tired. Isaiah 40:28
He gives strength to the weary. Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to those who lack it. Isaiah 40:29
He is impossible to understand (in other words, He cannot be tricked). Isaiah 40:28
If you are born-again, you can be assured that, regardless of whatever situation you are currently finding yourself in, God is with you and can guarantee a safe landing–if you don’t try to wrestle out of the safety of His might arms.
Please don’t reject His ways and try to solve your problem apart from His godly wisdom. It may not seem like it at first, but eventually you’ll be glad you followed Biblical wisdom and counsel, instead of doing what felt right emotionally or succumbed to what the culture said was right. I can verify this statement from personal experience–positive and negative.
Another favorite verse of mine:
“Before I was afflicted, I went astray. But now I keep your word.”–Psalm 119:67
A wrong reaction can make a bad situation, worse.
God bless you. From Dawn and Buddy
I lost five good friends and one relative during the period November 23, 2018 through April 9th, 2019. The last death was a bit of a shock and I felt rather depressed, mourning my elderly friend’s death. Several times I got to share the gospel with him before he passed on–the last time was several hours before a massive stroke incapacitated him and led to his death two days later. Between the efforts of his cousin and I, I think he made it to Heaven by God’s grace, giving him the extra months to come to salvation. I’m looking forward to seeing my friend again one day.
Do you have the hope of reuniting with your loved ones in Heaven? Please consider Jesus, Who died to pay the penalty for your sins, a penalty demanded by a Holy God, and was raised to life to give us eternal life by the power of the Holy Spirit, the seal of our promise of eternity (Ephesians 4:30). Why not invite Him to reveal to you how much He loves you right now?
I hope to be more regular with my blog posting throughout the summer. Thanks for reading.