Our dog is highly sensitive to thunderstorms. If there is a storm anywhere within, say, 200km or so, she will let us know about it before we even think to check the radar.
I remember one night staying outside with her, right into the early hours of the morning. There was some persistent thunderstorm activity off the coast, and she was upset about it. Whimpering, panting, quivering… nothing I could do alleviated her anxiety. Leaving her alone wasn’t an option, because she just became more vocal, and it was late.
The only thing that seemed to help was staying outside with her. Being present. That, and taking her for little walks in the yard, by torchlight. (Anything but sitting still!)
That made me think: how many times have I needlessly felt anxious about my circumstances? How often have I succumbed to fear?
With the knowledge of who Jesus is, what He has done, and who He continues to be, why can’t I simply learn to take courage?
Perhaps we’ve all been this way. Fretting in the dark, unaware that Jesus is right alongside us. He has promised to “never leave you nor forsake you” (see Hebrews 13:5). Be confident of this!