Monday morning before daylight I was sitting at the computer when I heard rolling thunder and soon afterward rain began pounding the roof. Instinctively, I went to the garage to check on our two dogs. Barney, our ten-year-old and 100+ pound Golden Retriever was missing. Barney like his namesake, the fearless deputy from Mayberry, is only courageous on the outside. He is more reliable than the local meteorologist about knowing when a storm is headed our way, and his reaction is to flee the approaching storm by leaving home. Typically, he returns within a few hours.
A few months ago Sharon brought home a beagle (sixteen pounds) naming her Thelma Lou we were certain she would help to resolve Barney’s fears. Well, no one told Barney our plan. There as I looked outside lay Thelma, curled up on her pillow, comfortable and dry, sleeping peacefully. Obviously, the thunderstorm had only lulled her to sleep.
Preachers are always looking for spiritual lessons, even before daylight on a rainy Monday morning. The psalmist words echo, “Be still and know that I am God.” Yet when storms or troubles come it is often tempting to be overwhelmed by what looks or sounds intimidating or frightening and like Barney sometimes we run off into the unknown leaving security behind. I’m still working on how to alleviate the fears of a dog during a storm. But in the meantime, I hope that I will learn when trouble comes to hang on and trust that God will take care of me.