"Yip! Yip!" The small terrier yelped and fled across the yard to the back door.
"Trixie!" shouted Ann. "Something's happened to Trixie!" Ann and her brother Carson ran to their pet. Ann picked up Trixie, and the little dog snuggled in her arms, trembling and whining. "Oh, Carson, I think she's hurt!"
"Where?" asked Carson.
"I don't know. I can't see anything wrong," answered Ann.
"Let's check her over," suggested Mom who had come to see what was going on. Ann gently lowered Trixie to the ground, and they carefully examined her. "Her legs are all right," observed Mom. "I don't see any signs of broken bones."
"And she's not bleeding," said Carson. "There's not a spot on her."
Both children stroked the dog's sleek fur. "Well, whatever it was, it sure scared her," said Ann. "I've never seen her run so fast."
"She's not the only one who moved fast," said Mom with a smile. "I hope she appreciates her two protectors!"
"You mean me and Carson, right?" Ann asked."Just like you and Dad are our protectors?"
"Last week, my Sunday school teacher said God is our protector," Carson remembered. "Mr. Phelps said we can call on God for help any time."
"When we do that, does He come running like we did?" asked Ann.
"Interesting question," said Mom. "Do you think God needs to run?"
Ann shook her head. "I don't think so," she said. "God is everywhere, and it would be pretty hard to run somewhere when you're already there."
Carson grinned and nodded. "Yeah . . . like Mr. Phelps said, God is always with us, so He wouldn't have to come running."
"That's true,"agreed Mom. "We can count on Him in any kind of problem or trouble."
Ann hugged her pet. "I'm glad God's everywhere and I don't have to wait for Him to come when I'm in trouble." She laughed as Trixie tried to lick her face.
The others laughed with her. "I guess that's Trixie's way of thanking you," observed Mom. "Let's be sure to let our protector know we appreciate Him, too."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you confident that God is willing to help you whenever you need Him? Have you been aware of His presence when you were hurt or lonely? Have you called on Him when you were scared or didn’t know what to do? He’s right there, willing and able to help His children through any troubles. Be sure to thank Him for watching over you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 46:1 (KJV)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.