Monday, August 4, 2014

A compelling reason not to let your 'Buddy' panic!


Isaiah 41:10
"Don't panic.  I'm with you.  There's no need to fear for I'm your God.  I'll give you strength.  I'll help you.  I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."

My mom's dog Buddy literally flips out during thunderstorms.

He PANICS!

They've even tried buying him a thunder shirt, which apparently wraps around him tightly to make him feel secure despite the elements.

Exhibit A


But to no avail...he's smarter than that!  Can't fool this dog!!

So this is how he behaves in the storm.

Exhibit B



Do you think God looks down at us during our 'storms' of life --
and sees us behaving the same way?

Panicking!

Stressed out.

Whimpering?

Maybe not literally spinning around in circles --
but our mind spinning, trying to escape this current storm.

Not calmly 'enduring' the pain of it --
trusting Him to carry us through.

But constantly out of breath in high alert.
911.

It shouldn't take the clear blue skies to help us rest --
like Buddy here.

Exhibit C



We should be able to sleep ON the boat (like Jesus).

Right
in
the
midst
of

the storm.

Ride the current.
Relax.
HE IS WITH YOU!

He promises to never leave or forsake you!

Plus, what do you plan to accomplish pacing around like that, chasing your proverbial tail?  The end result is sheer exhaustion! (plus, you look silly!)

And all your 'activity' hasn't solved a thing.

We tend to laugh at poor Buddy, or in my case feel so sorry for him I could barely watch.  Yet we probably look a whole lot like him...just as pitiful at times.

Then we peek out the window wondering when the next storm is coming...bless our sweet predictable souls! ;0)

Exhibit D


Remind yourself and the buddies in your life not to panic...we all need that reminder every so often when we're about to lose our mind! ;)




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