NOTE: This week I’m sending a daily devotion based on reflections on Jake the Beagle. Our regular weekly/Monday meditations will resume next week. Hope these are meaningful for you!
All dogs fear thunderstorms, I believe. They will hunker down in a closet or follow you especially closely while it’s thundering and lightning. One dog we had, Tillie, happened to be in our garage during such a storm. For some reason known only to a canine mind, she thought it would be helpful if she climbed onto our car and jumped up and down. So much for the paint job.
However, I’ve never known a dog with as huge a fear factor as Jake.
He was deathly afraid of guns. He would quietly get down from the sofa on which he was lounging and hide if we held anything that even remotely resembled a pistol or rifle.
He was equally afraid of a housefly buzzing around. You would see the alarm and agitation on his face. The same was true with the beeping a smoke detector makes when the batteries are low. This would cause our brave beagle to literally shake with fear.
I don’t think Jake was born with an overactive fear gland. Beagles by nature are hunting dogs and gunfire doesn’t scare them.
Jake must have been a coward because of the home in which he was raised.
We don’t know about early years because he was a rescue dog. It must have been one with a lot of noise and probably some physical abuse. To see a gun, to hear an out of the ordinary noise, triggered something from his past that disrupted his serene snoozing and sent him into a panic.
It’s as if past memories crippled his enjoyment of belly rubs and head scratches in the present. We offered him a home of happiness and safety, yet he was never free from what happened years before.
What does it take to let go of yesterday and live fully today?
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18