Cuddles and Snickers love to travel with us, at least when we are not going to the Vet’s office! Then, they are not quite so happy about it.
But, on our recent travels, they enjoyed looking out the windows and, when there were long times between stops, they would fall asleep … something that dogs seem to be able to do with great ease! But, for their safety as well as ours, we could not take the risk of having to move the vehicle quickly with them loose in the cabin, exposing them to falling down the steps, slamming into furniture, etc. Also, we did not want them to be able to get under our feet near the accelerator or the brake pedal. That would have been a recipe for disaster, to be sure!
The solution was a leash and harness attached to the seat belt on the floor. We thought we had the leash short enough so they would not get in the way while we were moving along the highway, but at one point I looked down and saw this. The two of them had wriggled the leash in such a way that they could reach the space between us. Cuddles had her nose on the engine compartment while Snickers had her back touching it.
It was as if they were saying “We just want to be near you. We’ll be asleep, but we can sleep better with you right here!”
I believe they were feeling secure. They didn’t understand that the roadway was going past them beneath their feet, or that the scenery was changing as we were going down the highway, or that towns and cities were passing by them without trouble … they knew they were near us and that is all that mattered to them.
Once again, the canine daughters were teaching me a lesson. Security in our Lord is available each and every moment of our day and then through the night, even when we are sleeping and unaware of anything.
The Psalmist wrote:
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”
David further recognized the love God has for His people when he wrote:
“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.”
Of course, our Lord Jesus talked about rest in Him when He said:
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
These verses reinforce the concept that we are to rest in Jesus, God is loving and will protect us from harm, that is, we are secure in Him for eternity. I doubt that these concepts were in the dogs’ minds when they were reclining on the floor of the RV. But I do think that they understood that we were there so that they were not frightened, even of all the strange sounds and vibrations that they may have felt. They were secure in our love. They just wanted to be near us.
So, how are we near to our Lord Jesus Christ? We see Him when we read the Scripture. The Bible is all about God and our Lord, from beginning to end. We see Him when we meet together to worship Him. Believers can encourage and enlighten us as we live our lives in Christ. We see Him when we look at His creation. While the creation alone cannot provide saving grace, the fallen creation is still evidence of His power, majesty and glory. Let creation speak to you and raise your voice in worship and thanksgiving to Him. We see Him when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide our thoughts and actions.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still before God. Read your Bible and meditate on its words. Worship and be under the preaching of Bible teachers who live what they preach and who preach about Jesus Christ as seen in scriptures. Fellowship with believers who can encourage and support your growth in Christ. Beloved, be near to Him — He is always near to you!
Be secure and rest in the Lord and be thankful for His sacrificial love.
Father, I thank You for sending Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for my sins. I pray that I would give honor and glory to you through His blood, and that, through faith alone, I would rest in Him for my salvation. Grant me peace and security as I travel the road you have placed before me.