“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
As a parent, I’ve seen some things you can’t unsee.
I’ve also had moments that I thought I would have a heart attack because of what one of my kids was doing. Kids are very good at scaring their parents. Last night was no exception. Why is it that children become ninjas in the middle of the night? I was sound asleep last night when both my wife and I got the sense that someone was standing over our bed. If you’re a parent then you know where I’m going with this. Our daughter had a nightmare and so she decided to share that nightmare with us by apparently standing over us like some sort of creepy character from the Ring or the Grudge. I startled awake like I always do when someone is just staring at me while I sleep, my was heart racing as I struggled to regain my composure and fully awaken.
My daughter was frightened by dreams, and soon enough her twin brother, who sleeps in the same room, joined us as well. Needless to say, it was a long night last night. All of that to say this: My kids knew where their safety would be found. As parents we protect our children, even if they decide to scare the living daylights out of you in the middle of the night. The security of Mom and Dad is known by our children, and so instinctively they come to us when they are afraid.
Isn’t it interesting that this never changes with God either?
When we become afraid, feel alone or in dire need we run to our safe, secure Rock that we can cling to. He is always there to provide safety and security! His strength and light shines and frightens all of the darkness away! He is our Savior and the One who calms the storms of this life! I would venture like any parent, our Heavenly Father becomes afraid for us at times. He longs to rush in and rescue us. Perhaps it is just me, but I think of my Heavenly Father like that – fulfilling that role. His strength is sufficient for any task and any danger. That doesn’t mean that we go looking for trouble, but when trouble finds us, and it will, we can cling to the Rock of our Salvation! Run to Him! Tell Him of your fears. Allow His mighty hands to enfold you and protect you. Find comfort and encouragement in Him today ! He is Your Rock and Your Salvation…do not be afraid!! So let me ask you…what are you afraid of???
Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess that in life I have fear. Some of them are rational, while others are irrational fears. Help me when trouble comes my way. Protect me from the evil one. Rescue me when I call, and even before that, Lord, thank you for being there for me! You are my strength today, and no matter what dangers I may face, help me to know that You are there with me! I find comfort and strength in You, O Lord. -Amen and amen!
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