Fear has the ability to paralyze us, slow us, change us, make us. It challenges our faith. It challenges my faith. Today was a stormy day, weather wise that is. Hank was restless and anxious all day. Although the storms didn’t reach us until evening. He felt it coming. Sometimes we do too…feel the storms lurking and we fear them and we become anxious and worry. Sometimes circumstances cause fear to grip us by the throat and hold on until we think we are done.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
As I was putting clean sheets on the bed I closed the bedroom door behind me to keep Hank out. I knew he was anxious and fearful. As I worked I tried to console him through the door. I spoke his name, tried to reassure him, sang to him. It wasn’t working. He needed to see me, he needed to feel me. That was his reassurance. That I was in his sight and within his reach.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Was I not illustrating God in my ways? Was I not trying what God tries with us every day? When we are unsure, afraid, anxious, tired and weary. I thought of all the times God has tried to reassure me, comfort me, hold me. I thought of Hank on the other side of the door, pawing to get in. How many times are we on the other side of the door and walk away? Tired of praying, tired of asking, tired of trying, tired of believing that what we wanted and needed was on the other side of the door.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Hank didn’t walk away. He waited. Because he had the faith that sooner or later I would be there. Holding, comforting, loving, singing. Making his world bright and safe again, washing away his fear.
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
The Glory of Hope runs deep in all of us!