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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Smart Dog!

I hope you had a happy Fourth. Gloria and I did until nightfall. Our recreation association hosted a lunch in the park. We enjoyed baby back ribs, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Diet Coke. After lunch we visited 31 Flavors for an ice cream cone. (Good thing we had opted for a Diet Coke!)

At nightfall some neighbors ignited illegal fireworks that spooked Molly, our Maltese. She panics every Fourth of July, and this year was no exception. However, a tranquilizer and soothing words seemed to calm her nerves a bit. At bedtime, she entered the bedroom as usual, but instead of entering her kennel, she disappeared. She is a great escape artist. Gloria and I searched every nook and cranny, but couldn’t find her. Finally, on a whim, I looked in Sadie’s kennel and saw two sets of coal black eyes looking back at me. Apparently, Molly had decided close fellowship would help her endure the bombarding pop bottle rockets and booming fireworks. Smart dog!

Personal trials and dangerous world conditions can jangle our nerves, but God has provided powerful resources that settle and stabilize us. Prayer and Biblical promises are two of those powerful resources, and Christian fellowship is another. Isolation can’t insulate a believer from the cold, harsh blasts of trials and threats, but close fellowship assures us we are not alone. Together, we can feel more secure as we wait for the eternal morning.

Yes, Molly is a smart dog.

1 comment:

Jim said...


I'm glad you had a happy Fourth (I pray Molly has recovered!). Before having some church friends over for fellowship on the 4th, I was blessed to read the first half of your book, How to Handle Life's Hurts. I finished the book today. As I've been writing about some of the trials in my own life, it was a true blessing to read the scriptural and personal stories in your book. They provide hope in God's ability to turn trials into triumph as our faith is made stronger.