God Can You Hear Me?

Yesterday on a brisk, windy, sunny day we took our dog Allie to the beach. This is always a very special, joyous day for her. She is a Siberian Husky. When you own a husky you're told to never let them off their leash. They have a natural inborn instinct to run. Over the years we have slowly trained her. On our beach visits we let her off the leash. She runs a little ways, jumping, sniffing and playing and then always stops, looks back and waits for us to catch up to her.

This particular day seemed no different than others before it. We strolled along the white, long stretch of sand. The chill of the wind was stinging our faces, as Allie frolicked in the water, chasing dogs and birds. Allie stopped and waited every so often just as she had been trained.

The sun was lowering behind a low patch of fluffy, cotton white clouds, signaling an end to our day. Approaching the part of the beach that we attach Allie to her leash, she abruptly turned and began running the opposite direction. We cried out, "Allie, Allie...STOP, come back here!" She continued to run, farther and farther. Our cries soon becoming muffled, lost in the pounding crash of the waves, beating against the sand.

We continued to walk in the direction she was running. We were certain she would eventually stop, look back and dash towards us. She began to appear as though she was a mirage, to far away to tell if it was really her. I began to run, worried that she might scale the steep cliff and run into the heavy, rush hour traffic on Pacific Coast Highway.

She had slowed down, but was still very far ahead. She now started to approach the few people on the beach, a woman at first, and then a couple. Each time she would walk away. She appeared to realize that she was lost. Walking away from the couple, with no one else around, she stood alone in the middle of the beach, a long isolated view in front of her. I began to get closer as she stood in one place. Her head was faced up towards the orange, red & yellow sky of the setting sun. She was howling, loud piercing cries, crying out because she was scared and lost. She had gone too far and now realized her mistake.

Out of breath, I started to walk, passing a couple that was staring at Allie. The wife looked at me with large, concerned eyes, "Oh, she's crying...she thinks she's lost." Finally close enough for her to hear me I shouted, "Allie, come here, I'm right here!" She quickly stopped her howl, snapped her head down, stared frozen for a moment and sprinted towards me. Her eyes squinting through the blowing wind, tongue hanging out of her mouth, tail wagging, and wait a minute...is that a smile? Can dogs smile? It sure looked like it to me. Reaching me, she jumped up on me and kissed me.

This story sadly represents our walk with the Lord. We are safely beside him, protected, loved and happy. All of a sudden something catches our attention. It looks fun, challenging, exciting...our mind starts to run. Next our body begins to chase after it also. We are going full speed in the wrong direction. Getting caught up in the moment, enjoying our fleshly, worldly desires.

The Lord is calling us to come back. He wants to protect us. We have gotten too far away. We no longer hear his cries. They are drowned out by the loud crashing waves of this world. Pride, vanity, money, pornography, sex, drugs and alcohol...we are trapped in the middle of their false allure.

Never finding the happiness we had hoped for, our life begins to fall apart around us. We stand alone on the long, lonely, isolated stretch of sand. Crying, calling out to the Lord, "Where are you Heavenly Father? I need you. I'm so scared and alone. Please come and help me."

He is there running behind you, trying to catch up and bring you home. Calling you home to the safety of his loving and forgiving protection. Just call out to him, he will hear you. You are never out of his sight. He is waiting for you to stop running. Just like huskies, we have a natural instinct to run after the things of this world. These things only give us fleeting, momentary pleasure. Followed by our guilt, unhappiness and self-loathing. Stop running and look to the Lord for peace, shelter, comfort, love and complete happiness. He is waiting for you.

"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest of silver for you. Surely you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fullfill your vows. What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways. When men are brought low and you say, "Lift them up!" then he will save the downcast. He will deliver even one who is not innocent, through the cleanness of your hands."
Job 22:21-30

In this scripture we are being reminded to submit everything to God and we will find true peace. Do not trust in our personal wealth, belongings and worldly things. Trust only in God and he will be our "gold and choicest silver." In other words he will take care of EVERYTHING....we do not need to do anything else, just surrender to his will. When we cry out to him he will hear us and help us. When we pray for others, he will intercede on our behalf. His love for us is beyond our comprehension. He only wants us to trust him and put all of our hopes and dreams in his hands. PRAY, FAITH AND TRUST, YOU ARE NOT ALONE...CRY OUT TO HIM!

God Can You Hear Me?

Lost and crying out for help.
Lost and crying out for help.
Looking back waiting for her family.
Looking back waiting for her family.
Complete joy...rushing back towards her family. Can dogs smile?
Complete joy...rushing back towards her family. Can dogs smile?
Beautiful red, yellow and orange sunset.
Beautiful red, yellow and orange sunset.
Cry out to God and he will hear you!
Cry out to God and he will hear you!

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thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

Its a beautiful write of God. I love the dog pictures I had a raut wilders her name was Xena. My baby died three wekks ago. I miss her so much nice article mike


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Lisa Petrarca 7 years ago Author

Thank you Mike...so sorry to hear about Xena. I know how dogs become such an important part of the family.


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Williamjordan 7 years ago from Houston TX

My My hub pages get better because of hubs like yours think you very much.


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Lisa Petrarca 7 years ago Author

I appreciate that William. I hope that the things I write can encourage and inspire others who may also be going through tough times. Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at the whole picture in front of us and not just the problem.

"God will never leave you or forsake you."


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Another very touching hub, and a beautiful metaphor you created with the dog and your faith.  That's good reading.  I'm glad I stumbled onto your writing.  I'm enjoying poking through your list.


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

I love your writing, Lisa. You have a gift, and I'm sure you have been a blessing to many. I am so glad I found you on HubPages. Can't wait to read your other hubs.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Love this Hub Lisa, thank you.


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Workingman86 6 years ago

very nice hub, nd i wanna get a dog like that soon!! lol keep up the good writing


brian 6 years ago

God is returning very soon,


seasoning 6 years ago

This hub was exceptional inspiring. I love the illustration of the dog. It was written almost like a parable, the best way to teach. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub


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seamist 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Thank you for the inspirational hub and reminding us that God is always with us.


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joshuachlim 6 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

agree. not eat, pray n love...goodness, only think of eating.."let us eat, drink n be merry for tomorrow we die." like Ecclesiastes says, "life is all vanity."

as u says...

"submit everything to God and we will find true peace. Do not trust in our personal wealth, belongings and worldly things. Trust only in God and he will be our "gold and choicest silver." In other words he will take care of EVERYTHING....we do not need to do anything else, just surrender to his will. When we cry out to him he will hear us and help us. When we pray for others, he will intercede on our behalf. His love for us is beyond our comprehension. He only wants us to trust him and put all of our hopes and dreams in his hands. PRAY, FAITH AND TRUST, YOU ARE NOT ALONE...CRY OUT TO HIM!"

amen.


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Eternal Evolution 5 years ago from kentucky

While I have a different set of beliefs than you I still enjoyed this hub. It was very beautifully written. Well done!

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