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The Power of Stillness

Vern has only been out for short walks in the last few days due to the cold temperatures. Instead of spending time outside chasing the ball attached to a rope or rolling on the road when he wants to extend his walk, he spends his time in front of the fire, still. So still.

It’s incredible what you can learn from the animals that God places in our lives. Vern has taught me the importance of being still. As Moses led the Israelites up to the Red Sea with the Egyptians at their heels, he shouted for all to hear, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” (Exodus 14:13)

So often we want to act. Do something. Anything. I’m sure the Israelites wanted to run away or swim across the Red Sea on their own power. I can imagine the grumbling and chaos among the millions of people. But God had a plan and he used Moses by commanding them to be still and allow Him to do his work.

I have to confess I’m a fixer. I want to act on my own understanding and get the problem resolved. Place the check mark beside the solution and move on. Recently, I’ve discovered through my own personal trials that I can’t fix everything. And in these times, I shout out to the Lord, “Show me the salvation you have in store for me!”

And in response, he provides a sense of peace through his word. Ecclesiastes 3:11 also spoke to me. “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” In other words, I need to be still and allow him to make everything beautiful in his time, not mine.

As we go through the trials of this life, it is imperative for us to be still and know that God is God, and we are not. (Psalm 46:10)  Only when we can do this, will we be able to be still in His goodness.

As for Vern, he continues to find peace in front of the fire, trusting that we will provide for him. And if Vern can trust in his imperfect humans, how much more should we be able to trust in a perfect God?

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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