The Giraffe

January 18, 2013
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Psalm 131:2-3 – But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore. (NIV)

Casey, my miniature long-haired dachshund, loves his stuffy toys, and in particular, his stuffed toy, Giraffe. Every night when he hops into bed, he races over to grab Giraffe, then hugs him to his furry little chest with both front paws. Once Giraffe is settled next to him, he is content, closes his eyes, and drifts off to sleep. Watching this scenario night after night reminds me not only of a child who finds comfort in the arms of its mother but also the need that each human heart has to find rest in the Lord.

When Casey hugs Giraffe to him, everything is right in his little doggy world, allowing him to rest in peace. Likewise, when we put our hope in the Lord and only in the Lord, we, too, are able to rest in peace, both day and night. The world offers us temporary hope in the form of material wealth, relationships, and the newest medical treatments and techniques, but God offers us secure hope. The world around us will always fail to live up to our expectations, but hope in God is a sure thing.

Why? Because the world's hope is based on the natural, while our hope in the Lord is based upon the supernatural. God's love for us as His children never ceases, never fails. It is there when all the world and what it has to offer is not. When our health declines, when our friends forsake us, when our wealth wanes, when our loved ones die, or when our reputation is slandered, God loves us none the less. He cares for us none the less. Rather like a mother, tender and compassionate, He is there to remind us that we are the apple of His eye and that in Him all things are possible — nothing is impossible with Him.

In the Lord, we find hope eternal. We find a hope to hold close to our hearts day and night, that our souls may find rest and contentment amidst the ever-changing flow of life.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that in You we find hope now and forevermore. Still our hearts and minds this day to remember Your great, never-failing love and compassion, that our souls might be at peace and rest amidst whatever this day may bring. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    So true Lynne and by the way our Chihuahua has a bunny.

    Dear Lynne: Thank you for this reminder of having a child-like faith!

    Lynne, I could picture your wee dog snuggling with Giraffe. Thank you for this word of comfort. Blessings.

    Dear Lynne, Very comforting and reassuring for all. Your analogies are always excellent and meaningful. Keep writing.

    Thank you for your message today. Isn’t it amazing how we gain knowledge from His creation that teaches us about our relationship with Him?

    Lynne, thank you for sharing with us today. May God continue to bless you and I look forward to the next one you share.

    Thanks, Lynne,
    I’ll remember Giraffe and the never failing love and hope which the LORD has for us as I try to get to sleep tonigh.

    Thank YOU for the beautiful word picture.
    Amen to your prayer!
    Please continue to write and submit to Daily.

    I always enjoy your devotionals and it always ministers to me. Thank you again. Keep up the good work. I’ll share this with some of my friends.
    (BC Canada)

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for a quieting and reassuring devotional.
    May God continue to give you peace and assurance of our Lord’s eternal love.
    And keep your writing for His sake.

    Thank you Lynne for today’s food for thought.
    Hope in nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness takes us through the unstable and trying times.
    Indeed! To be near and at peace with Jesus is the answer.
    God bless!

    Good day Lynn always look forward to your inspiring devotion. Its as tho you send that directly to me when am feeling a low point in my life then get reminded with your devotion like a slap telling me God is there — just reach out. I know my day and my weekend would surely be much better knowing my God will never leave me nor forsake me.
    Have a Bless day and continue inspiring us always. God bless.

    Hi Lynne,
    Several years ago we brought home a dachsie in poor condition from the local S.P.C.A. We were supposed to foster her until someone adopted her. Well the dachsie had other ideas none of which were to leave our house. She has of all the dogs we have ever had proved the most affectionate and loving dog in the entire world. We live in a complex with many aged but they all love our little dog. Only parents of dachsies know how loveable they are.
    As soon as I can put my wife’s tea down on her bedside table in the morning the dog has to have her tummy rubs and loviesies.
    I would to God that all Christians could learn to give such perfect love as does our dachsie. The worst day she can change by just a simple jump up onto one’s lap.

    Good Morning Lynne:
    What a beautiful, beautiful devotional to wake up to.
    I always remember coming home from College exhausted and dead beat after the long drive, but when I climbed into my own bed in my very own bedroom, I felt cosy and safe because I knew my parents were close by ready to protect me and keep me safe from any harm.
    As strange as it seems, I am sure Casey felt the same contentment when he had Giraffe next to him in his little bed. We are a strange lot, so often needing the assurance that someone is there to protect and comfort us.
    Now, that I am old, and my parents are gone, when I am tired and exhausted I once again can climb into my bed and am totally assured my heavenly Father is there to keep me safe from any harm throughout the night and to guide my footsteps the following day.
    Like you so truthfully said “God does offer us a secure hope” and when we trust in Him we fall off to sleep knowing He who created us is indeed watching over us.
    I loved this message, thank you.

    This was a specially nice warm devotional. Of course with a dog in it it had to be, I can just picture it hugging its toy giraffe and that is so comforting.
    And to know God holds us close to his heart in the same manner is also comforting and reassuring. Given what is swirling around us in this world it gives such a sense of peace and safety to be held so lovingly by our Creator.
    Bless you.

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