My Scared Paralyzed Dog: A Little Lesson


“My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.

Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah” Psalm 62:5-8

I don’t know when it started, but my sweet beloved paralyzed dog Miss Mercy developed some significant fear when she’s inside the apartment and hears noises outside it. The way she responds provides a wonderful lesson for those of us who struggle with fear.

Miss Mercy when she becomes afraid makes a couple of quick noises and then scoots on her knees at high speed over to me, her Mom, her owner, her master, her caretaker, her provider, the one who is there for her day in day out.

She doesn’t sit by herself with her fear and let it fester, she doesn’t go rushing into a corner to hide from the world, she doesn’t go running to all the dogs as though they could save her from what she’s afraid of. She comes running to me. She fully trusts in me she will find her safety, her answer, her freedom from the fear, everything she needs to deal with the fear she experiences.

I have struggled with fear for as long as I can remember, though it’s now at an all time low. Why? I am learning when I am afraid to go running to my Father in heaven, my owner, my master, my caretaker, my provider, the one who is there for me day in day out, my Christ who is Lord forevermore!

This doesn’t mean I don’t and won’t FEEL fear, but it does mean I can find solace and rest and peace and hope and security and wisdom and direction and discernment and compassion and comfort and absolutely everything I need when I am afraid – in JESUS my Lord my everything!

It really is a wonderful little lesson for those of us who struggle with fear, isn’t it? Miss Mercy figured out what to do with her fear. So have I. I encourage you to do the same. Train yourself to go running to the Lord! AMEN!

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