Through the years I have been greeted by a lot of dogs. Sadly, many of them were not well behaved. I have encountered barking, slobbering, jumping, running, and overly excited dogs that have relieved themselves on me. In those moments I think about Cesar Millan and wish something could be done to help those poor dog owners. I even have offered my help (with permission of course) because I think of myself as a “Dog Whisperer” wannabe! There are just some dogs I’ve met that I’ve wanted to say, “Sit!” and they actually do it.

Sometimes we are like those ill-behaved dogs I’ve met. Life is all about us. In our mind the world revolves around us. Others, including God, exist to please us, nurture us, pet us, feed us, and walk us. Life for us is supposed to be one of leisure, fun, and relaxation.

Unfortunately, that is not reality. We have to work. Bills have to be paid. Houses must be cleaned. Kids get sick. Jobs are lost. Slow people drive in the fast lane. Cancer comes. Relationships break. Parents get old. Weeds grow. Marriages end. Death comes.

When life knocks you for a loop, take a moment to sit. If you have ever noticed a well trained dog who was told to sit, he sits and focuses on his master. He waits until the next command is given.

In a similar way we should focus on our heavenly Father when life gets tough. God gently reminds us in Psalm 46:10 to “be still and know that I am God.” No matter how bad it seems, God is always with you. He is in control and in charge. He will not fail you.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!” (Psalm 46:1-3, NLT)

When those storms come, sit and focus on the One who will calm the storm!

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