23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. . . (Hebrews 10:23)
From the time we were children, we have experienced fear:
“When but a child, I feared the dark, yet under covers peered
At ghastly forms by street-illumed in bedroom corners drear;
Near heaps of clothes uncanny shapes in shadows moved about;
My widened eyes sleep could not close as creatures nearer crept . . .”
From a poem I wrote to my grandmother, the ending involves her coming to rescue me by watching over me as I slept. I had a very special relationship with my grandmother, spending many summers with her and my grandfather, always feeling safe in her presence, putting my trust in her when I was a child. But, then, Alzheimer’s claimed her, and I went to stay with her for another purpose—to calm her fears and watch over her as she slept.
Human caregivers and loved ones cannot be the ever-present protectors that we need –for the simple fact that they are mortal and subject to the many frailties of life. The only ultimate caregiver who will always watch over us and protect us when we put our trust in Him is God, our Creator, the forever “I AM”. He knows us better than our parents, our grandparents, our close friends, our brothers or sisters in Christ.
God knows our fears and holds our tears.
We are living in uncertain times. Life is not as we have known it, from expectation. This can result in increased anxiety and fear as we face unknown circumstances and futures. Yet, the Psalmist David says it clearly, “In God I put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11). In these times of global uncertainty, it is not a virus or men that we should fear—but God, for if we do not put our trust in Him and praise His Word , we cannot secure our eternity with Him. He is ever with us, but we must also be with Him.
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
“Now I lay me down to sleep/I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.
If I should live for other days/I pray the Lord to guide my ways.
Father, unto thee I pray/Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight/Safely let me sleep tonight.” ¹
8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
¹ A Child’s Bedtime Prayer: version by Henry Johnstone. http://www.beliefnet.com
(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/15/2020) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word