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Guide Dog Tale: Until the Storm Passes



By Carolyn Dale Newell

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

Psalm 32:7 NKJV


I snuggled beneath the warm covers. Iva raised up, but she curled up between us. Good! She would go back to sleep. Iva possesses an internal clock with a 6 AM alarm that usually is flawless. My phone announced lightening had been detected within a four-mile radius. Hopefully, Iva would sleep until the storm passed.

Siri announced another notification about rain. I barely heard it above the thunder cracking and waves breaking outside our oceanfront hotel.

Thoughts rushed through my head. I would have to dig out our matching glow-worm green rain coats. Iva hates her raincoat, because she doesn’t want anything on her head. If we go out now, the thunder may frighten Iva. She never reacts to it, but that can always change. taking her out to the bathroom could result in getting struck by lightning. Not likely, but possible. Please Lord, let the storm pass by before Iva awakes.

Lightening flashed. Iva stirred. I laid still. She nestled up to my husband. She moved blankets and pillows to lay her head on his chest. Daddy, keep me safe from the lightening.

I drifted back to sleep. I woke up when my hubby was taking Iva out. All that remained of the storm was a drizzle. Iva returned to our room slightly damp.

When our path takes us through the storms of life, we often focus on the what-ifs. We stress about every possible scenario our storm could present. None of my fears came to fruition. Iva was spared from the humiliation of her raincoat. Thunder failed to startle her, and no one was struck by lightning.

Iva came through the storm with just a few raindrops on her. Thanks to my husband, I benefited from the storm by gaining a few minutes of sleep.

Storms threaten us. They hold us hostage to our own anxieties. Many storms are extremely serious. An illness. A death. An accident. Finances, family, jobs, addictions, heartache, pain, sorrow, prodigals, abandonment, grief, and the list go on. These storms damage and destroy, but we add to their destruction by our what-ifs.

When the thunder rolls and lightening splits the sky, we can take a hint from Iva. We must snuggle up to our heavenly Daddy. Move things out of the way. Push them aside like Iva pawed at the sheets. We can nestle under our Father’s wings in safety and security.

Instead of asking, “what if,” let’s ask, “who will?” God will! His wings dim the lightening bolts. He softens the thunder. He keeps us dry and warm, until the storm passes.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Throwback Thursday: What is Our Golden Calf



By Carolyn Dale Newell


Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,

We do not know what has become of him.”

Ex. 32:1 NKJV

Was it impatience and fear that led the Israelites down the path of idolatry with the golden calf? Did they search for new gods because they lost faith in the one, true God? Was crossing the Red Sea on dry ground a fading memory?

How quickly do we fall into the same patterns! In our fast paced world of conveniences, we expect things to move along quickly. When God delays in answering our prayers, we often take matters into our own hands. That is what happened when Abraham and Sarah grew weary waiting for God to give them the promised son. It did not work out good for them, and it did not work out good for these Israelites when they worshipped a golden calf.

We also fall prey to fear. Something comes along in our lives, and it causes us to fear. Many times, our fears are about the future.

It all comes down to trusting God. I have prayed about several things for many years. I get frustrated that the situations have never changed, but I know God has perfect timing, and He is in control of everything.

When I find myself falling into the “O ye of little faith” group, I remind myself of Who God is. I have to remember my “Red Seas” which He has brought me through. I recall His promises: promises to never leave me, promises to give strength and grace, and promises to supply my needs. Allow God’s promises to quiet your fears. Let’s be watchful that fear and impatience never lead us to the golden calf.

Dear heavenly Father,

Help us not fall into patterns of doubt, worry and fear. Thank You for being faithful to Your promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Read Ex. 32:1-29.


Satan loves to create fear and worry for us. We see how far it went for the Israelites when they worshiped the golden calf. Which Bible verses can you memorize to remind yourself not to fall for the enemy’s tricks?


Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.