Dogs and stillness …

I love watching my new puppy, Zephyr. She seems so intense for a baby, so serious. Maybe it was being born and raised for a few months in the rescue kennel. That was what attracted me to her the first time I saw her. In the group of six puppies she was so quiet, so dignified looking, almost stern. She looked me straight in the eyes and didn’t flinch. She also didn’t wiggle, grovel, and beg. She had that look of confidence and gentle expectation. I could not take my eyes off her nor forget her quiet attitude when I left there. It was almost an acceptance of whatever life was offering as she quietly waited for its outcome.

She has her moments now that she has settled in, when she plays and acts silly but still she has that calm attitude. Many times when I look at her, she reflects silent trust in her life with me. I think if only we could have that attitude of stillness and joy and trust for our future with God. I find that spending a little time with Zephyr helps me calm down from the days trials and silence my troubled soul.

Below are some words I have found by other writers that minister to me so I’ll pass them on to you. I have a full on work schedule the next couple of days so may not get a blog in that time but I’ll be back!

There is immense power in stillness. A great saint once said, “All things come to him who knows how to trust and be silent.” The words are pregnant with meaning. Knowledge of this fact would immensely change our ways of working. Instead of restless struggles, we would “sit down” inwardly before the Lord, and would let the Divine forces of His Spirit work out in silence the ends to which we aspire. You may not see or feel the operations of this silent force, but be assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if you only get your spirit still enough to be carried along by the currents of its power.
–Hannah Whitall Smith

Surely, I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Psalm 131:2

* There are plenty of good reasons to be anxious, depressed, and sleepless in today’s world. But Christians have promises from God that should alleviate all three symptoms–promises that God rules over all the earth and knows the beginning from the end of history. Our task is to do what the psalmist David did: He didn’t worry about “great matters” or things “too profound” for him. Instead, he “calmed and quieted” his soul like a “weaned child” at rest in its mother’s lap–peaceful and quiet (Psalm 131:1-2).

God’s job is to guide the world. Your job is to “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6), to rest in the Father’s promises.

*From Turning Point Daily Devotion

3 thoughts on “Dogs and stillness …

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