2014-07-16 - Surrounded
Lately, I have noticed that our sweet pup, Barbie, is a little more frail and unsteady on her feet. She’s a pup at heart, but will be seventeen next February. And with her two actual pups from her three-count litter coming when she was a year-and-a-half old, there are more opportunities for her to get help losing her balance. The other two dogs mean well, however, are often overzealous in greeting her or just being enthusiastic, and can knock her down. As a result, I find myself finding ways to shield her - or surround her - if you will. I put a foot on either side of her, sometimes, so the others go a different direction, and I pick her up before I let them out of their kennel cabs in the morning, so she isn't vulnerable to a run-by whacking. I consider it necessary to protect her, as she is less able to do it on her own, at her stage of life.
It got me thinking about how often, God must surround us with protection from ourselves. While we exist in free will, to make our own choices, I firmly believe that we are often spared certain things, because of how deeply he cares for us. Very often, I believe it's little things like not getting too much information before we are ready to have it, aging (for most people) happening slowly so as not to frighten us, and giving us unexpected strength to handle things not always possible, just being human.
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." Psalm 91:1-2 KJV
We just have to call on him and believe that he will do what his word claims, yet the protection is there for us upon asking.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.