“But seeing the wind, became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him”
“MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! I’M SCARED! I NEED YOU!”
What frightened her to the point of that specific scream … that “only heard in horror movies” scream? Was there something there I couldn’t see? While stumbling in the dark, sleep deprived, and still trying to remember the basics of walking, I struggled to make my way to my daughter’s side to see what in the world is going on.
“Mom, why is it taking you so long?”
Don’t we feel the same way sometimes? We are spooked by what’s lurking in the darkness, the things we can’t see. And sometimes it’s not the unseen that terrifies us most, but the obvious, unavoidable danger that lies in plain sight. And just like Peter we cry out:
“GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! I’M SCARED! I NEED YOU!”
And guess what, just like most parents … He’s always there, pulling back the covers, climbing into bed and wrapping us up in His arms, shielding us from the crippling fear that strikes our soul. Where our Heavenly Father differs from us is that when His children cry out, nothing delays Him. He’s never stumbling in the dark. He’s never confused or startled by the sound and significance of our cry. He knows every single fear we will ever encounter, because He’s not only endured them, He’s conquered them all.
Today, Father, I’m thankful that even in my most trying, most painful, most terrifying nightmares, I’m not alone and I’m never out of Your reach. At the sound of my cry … immediately You are there! And if I will let You, Father, You will be more than a place of protection and refuge from my fears. You will be my source of undeniable peace and the place where my weary and frightened soul can truly find rest. Tonight I’m choosing to rest, peacefully in Your arms, shielded by Your love. For it’s in Jesus name I pray … AMEN!
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