My washing machine is one that fits under the counter in my kitchen. The kitchen is also where Jack finds his food and water bowls. Both bowls are kept clean and fresh to take care of his hunger and thirst needs. Throughout the day he can be heard happily munching or slurping away.
The other evening I became aware of Jack whimpering. I looked to see what was the matter. He was standing at the kitchen door and peering into the room with a very sad look on his face. “Jack,” I called out, “what’s the matter?” He looked at me and whimpered again so I got up to investigate. Immediately I realized the problem.
Jack doesn’t like noises. I had forgotten that he doesn’t like going into the kitchen when the washing machine is operating. It whirs and spins and gurgles; not his favorite sounds. As I came closer he looked up hopefully as if to say, “will you go with me, please?” I did.
In Jack’s eyes I was some kind of super hero, bravely facing the big, bad, noisy washing machine. As I stood in front of the white atrocity, Jack walked over and began to eat from his bowl. Once in a while he looked up. “Im still here, boy,” I assured my furry companion. I smiled and felt good all over to know that just my presence, in the midst of what causes him fear, could be such a great comfort to him.
As I stood guard waiting for him to finish his dinner I began to thank Father that He does the exact same thing with us. He doesn’t chide or become exasperated when we are fearful. No, He lovingly whispers His words of love like, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5) or “I the Lord your God will go before you, I will neither fail you or abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
I take great comfort in knowing that as this world spins chaos loudly like a washing machine cycle that seems to be endless, He is right there with me, smiling, comforting, loving, just like I do for my goofy but dear dog, Jack.