I won’t lie. I’m freezing. Okay, maybe not literally freezing, but its cold. I thought we were done with this for the year. I guess that’s what I get for thinking. And yes, my son is laughing at me, but he doesn’t get cold with the exception of extreme circumstances. I’m praying that we don’t have any frost, I had nothing to cover my garden plants and the garden is out in the open.
Due to the cold front coming in, the wind has been blowing hard most of the day. The later it got, the harder it has blown. Have I mentioned that poor, sweet Molly is for what ever reason, terrified of the wind. Bella just sprawls out in the yard and ignores the wind no matter how hard it blows. Molly barks, then cries, then gets up against the door just as close as she possibly can and cries even louder. The wind chimes don’t help I’m sure.
I’ve heard of dogs being afraid, and I’ve had dogs who were afraid of thunder, gunshots and fireworks. I’ve never, ever had a dog that was afraid of the wind. I have no idea why. I’m guessing that obviously she doesn’t know what it is, all she knows is that the trees are moving around and the chimes are going crazy.
I have to feed Molly and Bella separately because Molly eats so fast she would eat hers and as much of Bella’s as she could. So Molly eats outside and Bella inside. Bella was eating when Cricket the cat decided she wanted to see what Bella was eating. Bella jumped at her, no noise, no growls or snarls or bark, just jumped. Cricket moved for a moment then went back. This time Bella shoved Cricket away and finished her meal.
Currently Bella is in my, um her, bedroom and Molly is sprawled out behind me. She’s happy, she’s content, she is inside and away from all that scary stuff outside. I don’t recall if either of my two brothers were afraid of anything when we were kids. I don’t remember them ever discussing fears or being in any situation where they had to be rescued. I, on the other hand. had fears and had to be rescued more than once. Which is worse, to be afraid of nothing, to have reasonable concerns, or to have irrational fears?
If you are afraid of nothing, do you take unsafe risks? Since you think, believe, that you know what you’re doing and there’s no danger. So you climb a rock facing, free fall from an airplane pushing the limits before pulling that chute release, all without worry and tossing caution to the winds.
Are you afraid of things like heights, spiders, snakes, deep water? Do your fears make carnival rides more a nightmare than entertainment?Are you afraid of what is or may be going on around you? To the point that you find it difficult or even impossible to leave your home?
Are you neither too brave or too afraid, understanding that its good to have a somewhat cautious attitude but move forward anyway? Gaining knowledge on the things that concern you so that you know how to carefully act and respond.
We are not meant to have a spirit of fear. We are to trust in the Lord, to bravely step forward and live a life of enjoyment but of responsibility. I’m slowly learning to move beyond the fears that have paralyzed me for so long. Doing so, because of a deeper trust and faith that I am never alone. I am learning and growing in the trust and faith in the Lord and His great love for me. When I become afraid, I know I can find comfort in His word and in prayer. Just as Molly found comfort by coming inside and being close to me.