Friday, November 21, 2014

We Are Never Alone

I awakened to an urgent whisper, "Mama, I'm afraid! I had a bad dream."

I sat up on the edge of the bed and wrapped her in my arms.

"All is well, my little one. There is nothing to fear. We are all right here together and God is watching over us. No matter what happens to us, we are safe, because we are in His arms even though we can't see Him."

With our firstborn baby girl in my arms--she was about 2--I  stood up and started down the long hall toward her room. I kept talking to her about the reality of God and His love. I quoted her scripture that she could lock away in her little mind and pull out when she was afraid. I prayed with her. I told her, "The next time you awaken and you feel afraid, I want you to remember that God is holding you. Even if something took your life, you would be fine, because you would be with God. He loves you even more than Mommy and Daddy know how to love you. He made you. I want you to learn to trust in Him."

She never ran to our bedside again in fear. But she would tell me from time to time that she had awakened in fear and had remembered the Bible verse and talked to God before she fell back asleep.

A few years later little sister had a bad dream. She ran to big sister.

"LaRae, I'm afraid! I had a bad dream."

LaRae took her hand, walked her down to her room and crawled into her bed with her. Wrapping her arm around her baby sister, she prayed with her and quoted the verse, then went back to her own room and fell asleep.

Our children are grown now. LaRae, our firstborn went away to college a few years ago--she's a senior now. In her first semester, as she was learning to even more deeply depend upon her Heavenly Father, another verse became a source of strength. When she wasn't comfortable taking part in things most everyone else took part in, she studied in her room and she prayed and she clung to the verse, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of."

Two years later little sister followed. Her verse was, "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."

Young parents, take every opportunity to train your precious little ones of the eternal. Teach the reality of God, our loving Heavenly Father, in our world right now, with us, wanting us to depend on Him in every situation.

I wish you and your children Jesus. Really.