The small dog nervously shook as my daughter caressed her in her lap. It was less than thirty minutes after we signed the papers and paid for the adoption of the dog. We were leaving a convention center showcasing a pet expo, filled with thousands of people and hundreds of animals. It was a barrage of noise, scurrying figures, unfamiliar scents, and now, she was in a car with two complete strangers.
“Sweetheart, I would be shaking also if I were in her place!” My daughter continued to softly stroke the dog’s back. “We need to let her know that her new home is a safe place.” I lovingly looked at my daughter, as she nodded in agreement, and I said, “It is true for dogs and humans.”
Our new dog was from a rescue shelter. Like many animals residing in these shelters, prior to their rescue, their earlier lives were broken, often filled with abuse and disease. In addition to the physical hardships they endured, their emotional stability was fragile or broken. Fear was the norm. They have never known a home or a safe place. During these initial hours of transition, it was critical to create an environment where our dog felt safe and loved.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalms 91:1-2 (ESV)
Our Heavenly Father cares for us in a similar manner. Fears of the unknown. Uncertainties about our lives. Relationships with whom we have placed our trust have led to hurt and betrayal. Our hopes and aspirations, our trust, our faith must be rooted in the permanence and unfailing love of God. Only He can provide us a safe home within His loving kingdom. Only God can be our refuge and fortress.
The instant we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God adopts us as His children. He welcomes us with love because His perfect love casts away all fear!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.