Yesterday about 5:00, Captain suddenly started yelling at us. It was the yell of “You stepped on my tail!”, but no one had been near him. I removed his collar, nothing there. I felt along his hind quarters, nothing. I rubbed his tummy, no again. Yet the yelling continued at sudden and unexpected moments.
I took Captain into my quiet room and tried to soothe him. After an hour or so he seemed calm and the pain gone. I went into the living room to visit with Matt and the dog followed, loudly proclaiming that he was still in pain.
In sudden bursts Captain would yell and rush at us. Matt, suffering a headache, loudly told Captain, “Stop yelling at me!” I did my best to comfort the dog, but as I told Matt, he wasn’t yelling AT us, he was yelling FOR us. He was in pain, afraid, and wanting comfort.
Not everyone asks for help in the same way. Some people, when in an uncomfortable or unfamiliar position, yell loudly and brutally, like our dog. Some people get quiet. Some people ask for comfort with their eyes, some with their mouths, and some with their actions.
But however they ask, comfort and understanding is what they desire. Take the time to listen to people. If they suddenly change their behavior, you can bet something is distressing them.
I was useless to Captain. I didn’t know what was wrong or what to do. But I stayed with him through the night, patting him, reassuring him of my presence. It certainly didn’t remove the pain, but it seemed to reassure him.
Is there someone in your life who needs your presence? You probably feel helpless and useless around them, but maybe what they need most of all is not solutions but the comforting knowledge of your concern.
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4