A few weeks ago I came home late from a long meeting. I walked down the hallway with the intention to peek in on my 2 boys who were fast asleep in their beds – something I am sure my wife had been waiting for all day (If you know our boys, you know that their energy is unmatched). This is not a normal thing for me to do, but I had missed them so much. I just stood there for a few minutes thanking God for my family. My oldest, Noah, who is 5 has a history of sleepwalking/talking, so it didn’t surprise me when I heard him mumbling in his sleep, but the next thing that happened was very unexpected. He quickly shot up and was just sitting there with his bed head and crumpled sheets completely unaware of the world around him. It was obvious that he was still sleeping. Then suddenly he started falling and was about to hit his head on a sharp corner of the toy trunk next to his bed. My dad reflex kicked in and I ran as fast as I could to his side. I caught his head right before it hit the sharp corner of the toy trunk, and I successfully saved us a trip to the emergency room. I slowly laid his head back on his pillow and he was completely unaware that this event ever took place. It was just a few seconds after this I heard God’s voice….”I do this for you daily.”
So many of us struggle with anxieties of the unknown in life. We constantly pray for guidance and clarity for our future. Even when God does give us a clear direction, we still stress out about it because in reality, we have a hard time putting our trust and faith in someone else.
It’s easier said than done right? But does it have to be? Can it really be that simple? I think that it can be.
Matthew 6:26-27 (NIV)
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Can you name one time that God didn’t show up? One time that he did not provide? One time? Not me. Thinking back on all the times he has shown his hand in my life, should it even be called faith that he will protect me in the future? I truly believe it is fact, not faith. Just like when my little girl fearlessly jumps headfirst off the couch, she knows for a fact that daddy will catch her – and I do. Every single time (everyone else in the room freaks out, but she is confident).
I think if we could really see all the things God protects us from, we would actually have a reason to be anxious. But that is the beauty in being a child of God… we don’t have to. So I challenge you to give it a shot. Turn your faith into fact and truly live life to the fullest.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Cast ALL your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
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