Saturday, June 19, 2010

In Your Presence

We have been having quite a few strong thunderstorms the past couple of days, during which lightening illuminates the sky, thunder makes the house shake, high winds litter our yard with branches and leaves, and monsoon rains create puddles of water in our already saturated yard.

Our Miniature Schnauzer, Levi, is not impressed. As soon as the rumbling thunder can be heard, his head raises up, and his eyes search out the room for my husband Joel. As the storm intensifies, you will find him snuggled in close to my husband' side. (My side is an option only if Joel is not home.) Where ever Joel goes, Levi is close behind. No matter what room he is in, Levi is there. He needs to be in Joel's presence in order to feel safe.

We can learn a lot from our dog Levi. When thunder and lightening shake our foundation in a stormy trial or challenge, this is just how we, as God's children are protected ~ by staying close to our heavenly Father. He is there for us in a storm and His presence is all we need in order to feel and be safe. There is a song I enjoy very much that expresses this. The music and lyrics are written by Lynn DeShazo and sung by Kim Hill.

In Your presence

That's where I belong

In Your presence

Oh Lord my God

In Your presence

That's where I am strong

Seeking Your face

Touching Your grace

In the cleft of the rock

In Your presence, oh God
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Renee, I can't think of a better way to give an example of our relationship to the Lord than through the natural behavior of our beloved pets. It brings the truth of God's refuge out so clearly. What a wonderful way to worhip our Lord. I'm so glad I came by today, I have been blessed. Thank you, Dr. Bobbi

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a great analogy! What beautiful word to this song.
God Bless,

godsown said...

I learn ALOT from God through nature and our pet's are part of nature!

Have an blessed weekend
BTW thanks for passing at my blog...


Jan Lyn said...

Oh how I see this in our 2 pups and what a great analogy. I'm on my way over to youtube to see if I can find your song there. Beautiful lyrics.
Jan Lyn

sarah said...

so His analogy. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

I can picture Levi with Joel so clearly. We have mama's mini doxie and she runs to the shelter of my husband when it thunders. Your post is a great analogy and I love the words to the song. Always a pleasure to visit with you Renee.

Karen said...

Oooh, Renee, I love those lyrics! What a comfort to know God's presence.

Whidbey Woman said...

Oh I love this... it is such a timely post. Lots of places in the country get thunderstorms in the summer.I love your analogy and message to stay close to God.
Bless you.

Joan said...

Renee this is a wonderfu analogy. As Dr. Bobbi said, we can learn a lot by watching our pets.


Mevely317 said...

Yes, I sound like the echo ... I'm sooo impressed with this analogy. What a "feel-good" visual you've provided!
Have a blessed day!

Charlotte said...

What a good way to illustrate the point. Thank you for sharing.

Cathy said...

A great post, Dear, thank you. Blessings ~

A Busy Single Mom said...

Yes, we can learn a lot by watching our pets! Excellent post!

Regina said...

Wonderful post Renee.

God bless. Regina

Renee said...

Wow, very good! This is the same thing I have been learning. (similar topic on my Spiritual Sunday post) If we are near our Father, we are safe and have everything we need. We often find ourselves seeking the things we need in life, when in reality, we should be seeking God who is everything we need! Thanks for sharing this great post!

Annesphamily said...

Wow! This really touched my heart! My middle daughter is having a difficult time with her grandmother's illness.I will share this post with her tonight. Blessings to you for writing such a beautiful piece. Anne

Saleslady371 said...

The words to this song touch me!

daylily777 said...

Beautiful illustration ! Yes, in His presence is where I want to be , too!