Mommy, I’m Scared
July 20, 2016
By Laura DiFatta
“Mommy, I’m scared!” Chances are you’ve either said these words as a child or you’ve heard them as a parent. Recently, our youngest boy got up from bed crying because he was scared. I took him by his little hand, led him back to bed and laid down beside him. I listened and held him close as he told me all about his bad dream. And then I did what most any parent would do: I soothed and reassured him by him telling him: “I am here.” And because he trusts me, he was calmed.
Even as I comforted him, I was empathizing with him. I understand fear. I now have grown-up fears. And, although I know there are no monsters in my closet, I do know there cause for fear this world. And just as my little boy felt helpless that night, many times, so do I.
But, just as I reassured Trent of my presence, I was reminded and comforted, too, by remembering the presence of my Heavenly Father. I know from the Word of God that He takes His children very seriously. I know that I am His. And so, because of this confidence, I pray often, taking my fears to my Heavenly Father in whose Presence I find comfort.
The fact that I have faith in God doesn’t mean I am impervious or immune to fears, I just know Who to run to when I am afraid.
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…” “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. He reached down from on high and took hold of me. He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy… they confronted me… but the Lord was my support.” (Psalm 18: 2, 6, 16-18.)
“And there is no God apart from me; a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” “I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 45:21b-22, 46:4b)
When Jesus—who is described in the Bible as God’s exact representation (Hebrews 1:3)—walked this earth in flesh and blood, he interacted daily with human beings of all ages, stages, positions and walks of life. One of the most tender interactions recorded in Scripture is when Jesus was in a crowd and welcomed little children who were brought to Him. This was not a cultural norm. Jesus gave us this ageless, profound and comforting Truth as He opened His arms to the little children: “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)
In this passage, Jesus highlights the vital component of having a relationship with him: that we come to Him with the trust of a little child. Little children don’t typically have to figure out every angle and what-if in order to trust someone; they are humble, vulnerable, honest and guileless, which is so very precious to God. Anyone familiar with children knows they come to people they trust—often— with needs and with expectations! And we expect them to need us. We would not turn them away in their need. We are also familiar with the compassion that arises in us when our children cry out for us. And we are imperfect parents! Just think of the compassion of our God who made us and loves us with perfect love! He is so tender that He uses, “the apple of my eye,” to describe His children.
I want to be very clear today: You do not have to have yourself together to run to God. You have a God who knows you need Him. Your need— whatever that looks like today— is not a surprise to Him. And… You don’t ever have to not need Him! In fact, we demonstrate our lack of understanding God’s deep love for us when we falsely think that we have to “handle” things on our own or only bother Him with the “big things.” Faith and trust in relationships grow in everyday moments. It is the same with God. We get to know Him through a daily seeking and communing with Him. God is eager to connect our seeking Him with His precious provision!
Let some of these truths comfort you and inform you about the God who loves you:
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)
“Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
He tells us that we can come to Him in prayer for all our needs and that He will guard our hearts with His powerful peace through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7)
In John 16:33, Jesus calls Himself our Overcomer in this troubled world. Our Overcomer. Are you going to your Overcomer throughout each day? You can!
You were made to experience the peace and the fullness of a relationship with God. He wants a vibrant relationship with you! You are fully known and fully loved. Jesus, came to repair and restore our brokenness and give hope and purpose to our moments and— greater still— to assure us that He even has our eternity in His hands! He took care of that need for us even before we knew we needed Him to! (1 John 4:10) How much more, once we have trusted Him as Savior of our eternities can our hearts trust Him with the moments— needs, concerns, burdens, cares, worries, relationships, the present, the future— every part of our lives! (Romans 8:31-33)
I encourage you today to go to God like a little child. Christ even reminds us that “small” faith placed in Him is so precious and powerful! Sometimes we just need to be reminded to practice trusting our Father God with child-like trust. Have you ever heard a little child pray? Children pray for neighbor’s pets and friends boo-boo’s and stuffed animals and just about anything that pops into their minds— they take it all to God. That is flat beautiful!! Growing up and maturing does not mean we have to outgrow God! In fact, the more we trust Him and we grow in faith, the more eager we will be to run to Him! And as you get to know God, you will begin to want Him for Him and not only for what He can do for you.
And so, even as I comforted my little boy after his nightmare, I was reminded as I spoke Truth to him: “Sweetheart, God hears you, God loves you and He cares about everything in your life. You can talk to him anytime about anything and He will help you.” I could feel him nod his head against me. “Even when Mommy and Daddy are not able to be with you, your strong, loving God is with you.”
Then, he said, “Mom, I want to pray.” And so, with his little voice still quivering from having been crying, he talked to God. “Dear God, thank you for this day. Please help me have sweet dreams. I love you so much. I love you so, so, so much. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
And soon he was asleep.
His prayer wasn’t sophisticated. It was simple and direct, grateful, needy and expectant. And I know it pleased God’s heart. As Jesus said, “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)
Moments when fear meets faith are holy moments. These are moments where faith is nurtured and grows. These are moments that teach little children and grown-ups. God responds to faith—even teeny-tiny faith. Faith that sometimes simply and only calls out “Jesus!” And even when we don’t ‘feel’ like He hears us, He is greater than our feelings. (1 John 3:20) He is mighty to save!
We all wrestle with fears. We all have needs great and small. I choose to carry mine to God today with the expectant faith of a little child. Will you go, too?
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)