Originally published Tuesday, 14 April 2015.
"Mommy, can you just be with me."
The look in his eyes, says it all - he is worried and scared about the perceived "real enemy" on TV.
Fear and worry fills his face, but, my son seems to know that having mommy next to him makes all the difference.
He knows that with the presence of a parent, he is safer.
That the TV is not real and that his mommy is.
That nothing can come against when is mommy is there.
I love both his faith in me and his desire to draw near to me in this moment.
But, I wonder am I this way when I come face-to-face with worries?
Do I choose to sit with the enemy and dwell on his tactics
or do I choose to sit with my Father and dwell on his goodness?
Do I choose to let God protect me, guard me and speak truth into my soul
or I do I choose to let the show and all it's details play on and on and on?
Do I choose to sit with the fear-consuming, worry-ravaging, all-powerful Father
or do I choose a screen that replays my worst fears,
my worst case scenarios and my enemy's worst threats?
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Ps. 16:8)
I keep my eyes on the Lord! I. WILL. NOT. BE. SHAKEN.
Eyes on God can't have eyes on problems.
Eyes beholding nature's beauty can't be beholding life's injustices.
Eyes beholding God's love can't be beholding the world's hate.
Eyes beholding God's truth in a still moment, can't be running circles in fear.
When we have our eyes set on God's perfect love, and we receive it in a moment of close embrace, fear is cast out. (1 Jo. 4:18).
The presence of God that sits with us when we fear, gives us a new perspective on what looms near. His presence confirms to our soul - we are his.
By faith he (Moses) left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. (Heb. 11:27)
Moses seemed to know God is "Emmanuel" - meaning, "God with us". He seemed to know, when God is with us, nothing can come against us.
When we dwell on God's nearness, worry fades and strength pervades.
Moses knew he could move forward with "God with him"; He could persevere verses cower in fear.
He saw the one who is right there.
Do we see "God with us" in our problems? Do we allow his real and powerful presence to cast aside all our worries?
Because when we pull near, he is there and there is no room left for fear. His love pulls up and fills us up - in a real and powerful way. Then, worry has to leave.
Suddenly, we overcome the face of fear through the power of faith.
We know he is closer than any looming disaster and more powerful than they enemy.
We see him with us as we go through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23:4).
We remain in God - and he remains with us. (John 15:4-5)
Worry and worship aren't friends. When one comes, the other leaves. Stillness and a racing mind don't hold hands either. One runs away from the other.
When we choose "God with us", we seemingly find our way of escape, our protector, our strength, our hope, our defense. We can trust he is working all things out for his purposes, which are always good.
Enemies can try to come against, but when God is with us, we send their bags packing, because God wins every time.
Dear friend, I know what it is like to worry. I know the pain, I know the agony and I know the despair, but today, God is calling you to something greater. God is calling you to get real, honest and transparent; he is calling you to bask in his presence.
Will you call him near as the screen of life portrays images that invoke fear? He offers the ultimate protection.