As kids getting scared is pretty normal. It can be something as simple as a noise or something scary they see on TV. As a parent I want to let my little ones that know they are safe as I envelope them in warm assuring hug. I love being able to provide that calm loving embrace they need so they know everything will be OK.
As adults being scared isn’t necessarily a common occurence. It seems as adults we deal more with worry, which is a close cousin to fear. We worry about finances, the safety of the school our kids attend, the friends that might night be a good influence, job security or the economy just to name a few. I guess those are the big worries.
Well whatever the worries, one thing is true….we all have them large or small.
Today I was feeling stressed (worried) about finances..I started going through a mental ping pong match with worry. I was trying to stay optimistic and worry twas trying to take me down with all the what if’s and questions.
It’s good to stay positive about things but I also know that it’s truly important to also be realistic as well. So as I stood at the stove cooking dinner with swirling thoughts of “how” “when” and “why” I looked out my kitchen window and saw my little boys outside playing with their daddy. They were laughing and running around without a care in the world. They have no idea what’s going on with our finances nor does it even enter their minds. Their only reference point is a daily experience that their mom and dad will provide for all their needs. There is no question about their daily needs not getting met.
That’s when I felt like God was in a sense “speaking” to me through my kids. He’s saying “although reality is that finances are tight, I’m your Father and I will meet your daily needs.” The truth just started sinking into my heart and I felt a great peace about the realities of my current situation. I know that I can’t change anything right now, so my only choice is to trust God to be the faithful Father that He is and that I’ve experienced Him to be.
Later on the boys had one of their favorite DVD’s playing- a Veggie Tales movie called “Where’s God When I’m Scared?” One of the songs on that DVD is titled “God Is Bigger Than The Boogeyman!” I love the words to it- It talks about not being frightened or worried “cause I know that God is taking care of me!”
Thank you God for speaking to me through the simplicity of my kids and their worldview. Sometimes it’s the simple truths that I really need to be reminded of.