When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place hit, no one was more in shock than Bailey, our soon-to-be 14-year-old cocker spaniel.
His routine days began with scrambled eggs for breakfast and watching my husband and boys leave for work and school. Bailey then proceeded to peacefully nap while keeping one eye on me as I worked around the house before heading off to work for the afternoon.
The silent bliss that our sweet pup once had is now shattered, as all four of us are in the house – all day and all night.
Some people might say that dogs aren’t vengeful creatures; they have no feelings and do not know what is going on around them.
I’m here to say publicly, they are wrong.
If dogs could speak, I’m sure we would get a good tongue lashing. We have been met with heavy sighs and a little rebellion.
About a week into our shelter-in-place, Bailey, was not in his usual napping place. Searching frantically for him, I found him wedged between the wall and the couch. Not one time in our twelve years at our house has he ever done this.
He needed a quiet place to nap, and by hiding behind the couch, he thought we would not find him. That was his way of saying, “I’m done with you all you!”
Are You Hiding From the Lord?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the normalcy of life has been non-existent for the past six weeks.
Introverts are thriving because this is what we were made for. Extroverts are climbing in the walls, itching to get out of the confinement of the house and live life. Three out of the four of us are introverts. My extrovert took matters in his own hands and posted on Facebook, stating that he was available for any type of yard work, and the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since.
As we continue this temporary way of life, there may be a point when you just want to hide from everyone, as Bailey did.
You can most certainly hide from people, but you can never hide from the Lord.
We can vent our fears, be angry, and vow that the Lord never hears our cries. We can try to shut Him out of our feelings and emotions. We can hide from His Word and ignore the calling that He has set out for us.
It’s exhausting hiding from the Lord. And it’s a lost cause because He is everywhere, after all.
In my opinion, Psalm 139 is one of the two most well-known Psalms – Psalm 23 being the other.
The title of Psalm 139 is “Search Me, O God and Know My Heart.” The Lord knows everything about us. From the number of hairs on our head to our inner-most thoughts that we would never share with another human being. He sees what we are trying to hide. He sees our happiness and our fears. He is with us every second of the day.
Friends, it’s physically impossible to hide from God. So, if we can’t hide from Him, let’s embrace Him!
Let’s submit to Him our controlling nature.
Let’s cry out to Him with our fears.
Let’s praise Him for answered prayers.
Let’s talk to Him because He is our loving Father, and He cares.
Let’s be like Bailey and get used to the idea that we are not alone! Just like we are home 24/7 with him, God is with us 24/7.
Bailey naps daily from 1-4 PM in my office.