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Job 36:33 – His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach. (NIV)
When summer thunderstorms roll, my wee dog Chewy knows that one is coming and cringes at my feet, petrified. Earlier today, when a t-boomer shook the windowpanes, he was right between my feet, cringing. This afternoon, he's still there, since more storms rumble in the distance.
Last night, while thunder rumbled and rain pelted down, all he wanted was to be next to me. He whined, paws on the edge of the bed. He leapt up to be snuggled, trembling in every fibre of his little being. Cradled next to me, he shook until the storm finally rolled away to the east. Then, he scooted to the foot of the bed, curled up, and slept. That's when I finally got some shut-eye, too.
A short while ago, as I looked at Chewy, the Lord seemed to be telling me that there's a lesson in his behaviour.
As Chewy looks to me for protection, comfort, and companionship, even so Jesus wants us to look to Him. As I hug Chewy when a storm blows, even so, Jesus wraps His invisible loving arms around us, hugging us.
When we're in need of protection, Jesus is our safe shelter and our sure defence in times of trouble. When we're hurting from the loss of someone we love or from losing employment (or even a baseball game), He's our comforter. When we're feeling lonely, down in the dumps, or otherwise in a funky mood, He's there, right beside us, walking with us, even ahead of us, clearing the way.
Through His Holy Spirit, He's our sure companion. He's our helper, our rescuer, especially when everything falls apart around us. Yes, Jesus is that and a whole lot more. He's our Saviour! Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are assured of a blessed life here and an eternity with Him in heaven.
So, when the storms of life roll through, when illness strikes us down, when jobs are lost, or someone we love dies, Jesus is the One who puts His arm around our shoulders, letting us lean on Him while we walk together through the troubles that come.
When everything falls apart around us, Jesus is always available to help us.
Prayer: Lord God, may we always turn to You for help and comfort when everything in life falls apart around us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.