Huff

Me: “You done?”
The Budster: “Yeah.”
Me: “Let’s go back inside.”
The Budster: “Wait a minute.”
Me: “What for? Let’s go back inside.”
The Budster: “Wait a minute.”
He’s staring into the distance.
Me: “There’s nothing there. C’mon, let’s go back inside. It’s cold out here.”
The Budster: “Wait.”
He’s still staring. I don’t see anything and I don’t hear anything.
Eventually, I see a car coming down the road v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.
The Budster: [huff] Me: “What in the world…”
The Budster’s tail is taut and his ears are at attention.
The Budster: [huff] The car is now near our driveway and I am wondering if it’s going to turn in. I hope not. I’m not in the mood to converse with strangers. I instinctively look for something that I can use to defend myself.
The Budster: [huff] Nope, they drove by. I’ve never seen that car before. It’s rather old and a little beat but very quiet. “Decent muffler,” I mused. Engine sounds good. Looks like a piece of plywood where the side window used to be.
The Budster: [huff] Whoever it was, the Budster didn’t like them.
The car eventually rolled out of sight.
The Budster: [huff]

The Budster only barks for two reasons. Either he’s happy or he’s got to poop and he’s in a hurry. He didn’t actually bark at the car but his rigid demeanor and that quiet huff spoke volumes.

It would be nice if we had a dog that will raise an almighty rukus when something is amiss. A mean growly fur beast to strike terror into the hearts of ne’er-do-wells. Instead, we have a huffer. Perhaps a quiet warning is all that is necessary. We’ll keep an eye out in case that particular car comes around again.

We use different voices for different purposes and volume is merely a component. A shout can mean joy, anger, desperation and alarm. A quiet voice can mean anything from deep adoration to a seething threat. It’s not the volume, it’s the message.

God is diverse in the ways that He communicates with us.

Job 33:14-18
14 For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,
16 He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,
17 to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,
18 to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.

How do you expect God to speak to you? Yeah, forget that. He will make His message clear. I don’t think I’d want to hear God huff at me, would you?

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Joyce Ellis is the CEO and Caretaker of WarmFuzzy's Animal Shelter & Sanctuary. She was born with the vision, the Energizer Bunny who keeps going and going. She is Fuzzy1 of all WarmFuzzy's.

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