Friday, February 25, 2011

Nothing to Fear

Last weekend, our grandchildren were staying with us.  It was bedtime and Jack and Emma were tucked into bed, nestled under piles of warm covers with Grannie Frannie sitting at their side to sing the same songs to them she sang to their daddy what seemed only a few years ago.

A teddybear.Image via WikipediaAt one point, Emma rolled over and said she needed a bear to hold. (Grannie Frannie has a collection of beautiful, fun and cuddly little brown bears.)  At that point, not to be outdone, Jackson declared he also needed a "lovey".  When I curiously asked them why they needed them, Emma's little three-year-old voice spoke up, "I might get scared."

My immediate response was to reassure them, "There is nothing in this house to be afraid of!"

I think in these days of turmoil and unrest in our nation, and across the globe, if we could hear our heavenly Father tell us anything, it would be "There is nothing in MY house for you to fear."

Our Lord has known every millisecond of our day from before the foundations of the world.  He knows what is to happen tomorrow and the day after that.  The Scriptures tell us He is working all things "after the counsel of His own will" and working all things "together for good" to them who love Him.

If this is the case, how can we worry and fear for anything.  Just as little Jack and Emma are safe and protected in our house (with not only Grannie Frannie, but also Granddaddy, Aunt Marie and Aunt Emmie to protect them --and even Sparrow!) we are safe in the world in which our Father has placed us.  There is nothing that is a surprise or a secret to Him and He only wishes for us to trust and obey as little children, like Jack and Emma, and to rest in the fact that He will take care of us.

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6

"Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: 
the whole earth is full of His glory." Isaiah 6:3
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