I'm so happy to share with you this devotion by my friend and children's book author Claudia Mills. You can read her blog at http://www.claudiamillsanhouraday.blogspot.com
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou dost preserve my life; thou dost stretch out thy hand against the wrath of my enemies.” Psalm 138:7
I never had a dog until two years ago, when my son, his wife, and baby daughter came to live with me, along with their little terrier/Chihuahua mix, Tank. Now I am by choice Tanky’s chief walker, heading out with him at 6:30 or 7:00 every morning. Tanky is a wonderful companion on these walks, trotting along beside me briskly and cheerfully. . . . until we pass another dog. Then Tanky strains at his leash, growling and snarling. My daughter-in-law says Tank didn’t use to be that way; he changed after he developed hip dysplasia, for which he had corrective surgery. It’s clear to me that Tanky responds aggressively to “enemy” dogs because he’s afraid; he’s acting on the adage that “the best defense is a good offense,” bent on demonstrating his sadly comic willingness to whup dogs ten times his size. But our best defense against our enemies (real or imagined) is not a good offense: it’s God. God not only stretches out his hand against the wrath of our enemies, but even teaches us how to love them, as he teaches us how to trust in his steadfast love for us.