A huge dog also has a huge heart and so much love to give. He loves to cuddle and if you have never cuddled a Great Dane, you are missing out. The love and excitement that is received as soon as I walk in the door cannot be compared to any person greeting me anywhere I've ever been! He is an excellent bug hunter (and stomper). While it is frustrating for him to bark at our guests, an intruder is no match for our doggy home security system. He protects us at all costs. Also, we were blessed with Gimli at the beginning of March. Ten days later we lost my dad and Gimli was right there to crawl up beside me to let me cry on him. He has continued to do so for every bad day we've had. I love my dog and I'm so glad he's become a part of our family, but not everyone can get past his exterior to see what a good boy he is on the inside. We go to the dog park and I've watched people go to the opposite fenced in area because "oh that's a big scary boy we don’t want to get too close to him!" All he wants to do is to play with you and your dog! He loves meeting new friends (again on his terms) and it makes me sad that they run away from him.
I can relate though, being a 6'2" lady myself, I intimidate new people as well. I don't know how many friends have said, "You are completely different than I thought you'd be." or "I use to think you were scary."
1 Samuel 16:7 says "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."
Samuel was there to anoint a king and Jesse excitedly presented his big burly boys who, from outward appearance, had what it took to be a king. God was looking for something different and knew what the people needed: someone after His own heart. He found that in David and He can find it in you. He looks beyond what the imperfect human eye sees. He sees what is in our hearts. The good, the bad, and the what could be. The way others look at us may make us self-conscience. It can cause us to think less of who we are. But what you have to remember is the world can't tell us our value. What they see isn’t what God sees. As a matter of fact, what we see isn’t even what God sees. He sees our potential when we may still be stuck on our past. God loves us when we consider ourselves unlovable. He knows us...really knows us! No matter what any person thinks about you, or even what you think about yourself, what really matters is what God thinks about you. So what does God think about you?
Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
God loves us and wants the best for us. Stay in His will and maybe follow the lead of my dog too. Just enjoy the life you’ve been given no matter what people think!
God loves you and I do too!
Sister Amber Klein