• Brandon Pierce

In the Master's Presence

I have two dogs. One is a Cattle Dog, the other a petit, 140lb. Great Dane. We have a crew at our house replacing our roof. After I took the family to school, I returned to find our dogs in a bit of distress. Piper, the cattle dog, was huddled in the back of her kennel shaking. Zeke, the Great Dane, was panting and turning circles in the living room. I left once more and when I returned, Zeke was in a fit, pushing the blinds out of the way of the window, trying to see what was happening. Piper was still shaking in the back of her kennel. One dog struggled to see what was happening, trying to make sense of the situation. The other was frozen in fear.

As I entered the house, I noticed that Zeke had scratched up the windowsill and done some minor damage to the blinds in his attempt to anxiously make sense of the situation. As I let Piper out of her kennel, she trotted around anxiously, ready to hide in her favorite hiding spot as soon as things got scary again. I then took a seat in my chair in the living room. Zeke laid down at my feet, no longer shaking. Piper took her spot in the chair beside me, and began to settle. Something changed in both of them. They were in the presence of the one who keeps them safe. And this is where we are right now. They feel protected. The noise is still happening. The threats outside are still present. But for some reason, these dogs are okay with all of that as long as they are beside me. As a matter of fact, its looking now as if they are both about to fall asleep!

I can’t help but think about how much this looks or should look like my relationship with God. No matter what is going on. No matter how scary or noisy, I can seek Him and immediately feel safer. This hasn’t always been the case. I’m sure that I have spent my fair share of messing things up while trying to understand the situation. I know for a fact that I have wasted time hiding from things I didn’t understand. But I rejoice today, and I’m even learning to relax a bit in the presence of the One who looks after me and protects me. As I spend time in the presence of my Master, the noise of the world seems less frightening. The psalmist writes,

“I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” – Psalm 62:1-2

That is the goal of my life. I want to not only be content in the presence of the Master, but to rest in it. By the way, both dogs are now asleep. Lord, help me to rest in Your presence and to trust You like this!

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