So many situations in life cause us to fear even though we know that God’s Word says, “Fear not!”
My daughter recently said, “Mommy, will you leave the door open? I am afraid of the dark.”
As moms, we hear that sentence often enough. Our kids are scared of the dark and they want us to help them see light. They want to know that nothing is going to hurt them in the dark, no monsters are hiding in the closet, and the room is clear of all things that go bump in the night.
We tell them to “Fear not!”
With my girls, I have been careful to not let them be afraid of the dark. I’ve shied away from night lights or hall lights or “monster spray” because I want them to know that they are safe because Jesus is with them.
He is the same whether it is dark or light. If they feel scared, they can pray and He will comfort them.
He says, “Fear not!”
I’m teaching them to rely on HIS peace. Not a worldly comfort.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
This morning, I was getting ready and thinking about the health problems I’ve been having. If I think too much about it, my mind wanders to what could be wrong, to what maybe the doctors haven’t found.
That what is lurking around the corner is worse than what I’ve already been through.
Fear of a monster hiding in the closet.
Fear of what could be lurking near me.
Fears of cancer, disease, life-long sickness.
Fear of the unknown.
As I was thinking of those things this morning, a song popped into my head.
Since we are children’s pastors, I know a lot of kids songs and the song that popped into my head was a kids song.
It’s called “Sometimes I Feel Afraid”. A great song to sing in kids church!
My favorite part of the song is about monsters in the dark. We do a fun motion with our hands and the kids always laugh.
But this morning when it popped into my head, I slowly sang the words and realized that I was like a kid who was afraid of the dark. A kid who is afraid of the monster that might be there.
The truth of these words hit me in the heart…
Our God is big and strong and amazing and awesome!
He says, “Fear not.”
Whatever is in the dark for me, He sees it.
I need to take my own advice, let go of fear and cling to HIS peace.
So, read those words slowly to yourself and let them sink into your fear!
Allow God to give you His peace in whatever life situation you might find yourself in today.
Fear not, He is with you.