Marlee and me took a walk today during her lunch break. It was business as usual for me: Sit down, give paw, get leashed, and then bust out the front door pulling Marlee along like a ragdoll.
I was as happy-go-lucky as I’ve ever been.
However, something was off…
I took a moment to try to figure it out…It wasn’t the path we had taken. We always take the same route on our lunchtime walk. Out the door, turn right, turn left up the second set of steps, and loop back around in the direction of the apartment. It also wasn’t the scenery. I still peed on the same bushes, poles, and posts I always did before. And it certainly wasn’t the weather. It was a beautiful, sunny day outside.
I just couldn’t put my paw on the problem.
I looked back at Marlee in hopes that she would be able to tell me what was wrong, but she was just staring out in front of her, with a blank look on her face. She wasn’t looking at me like she usually does, she wasn’t smiling at me, and she wasn’t yelling at me jokingly about peeing like a sprinkler on everything around or for chasing after little kids on bicycles.
It finally came to me…Something was wrong with Marlee.
You could tell she had a lot on her mind. She was stressed and upset, which wasn’t something that I saw often.
She is usually as joyful as me.
I knew I couldn’t tell her anything that would make her feel better. After all, I am just a dog. All I could hope for was that she would rely on her faith and what the Bible told her to get through whatever was bringing her down.
The main verse that came to my mind was Psalm 121:
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
I knew this verse would help her with whatever she was struggling with. After all, it is a clear promise from God that everything would be okay as long as one trusts in him.
He promises to always be there for people like Marlee, through any struggle they may be facing. Anyone who believes in Him will never have to be afraid or upset, because they have someone powerful looking out for their best interests and directing their path every step of the way.
That’s a strong promise, I thought to myself, and that’s one tough man to compete with.
All I could offer Marlee was a tail wag and a big sloppy kiss, but then again, who doesn’t love one of those.