Being a parent is truly a gift of God. He entrusted a beautiful little soul to my care. Every day I breathe a sigh of relief that she’s healthy & growing and say a prayer of thanks. By God’s good grace, Laura is thriving.
But I tend too often to say that being a parent today can be scary. The world is decaying rapidly. There seems to be a lack of conscience left anymore. Sin, death, and the devil seem to be letting loose on our world in ways that are unimaginable. Unfathomable evil is spreading horror without care or concern for those that are devastated in its path. It sometimes seems as if even within the four walls of my home, I cannot keep my child safe. When unthinkable acts like this past Friday’s take place, my heart cries, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”
It’s easy for me in times like these to look inward instead of upward. I focus on how small I am compared to the evils of this world, instead of focusing on how big my God and Savior is. It’s far too easy to become wrapped up in the what ifs and fears and lose complete focus on the One who is in ultimate control. When I start making lists of all the horrible evils that can happen, I stop making lists of the indescribable ways that God takes care of me and my family. If I listen wholeheartedly to the comforters of this world, how can I have any room left for the only One who can give true peace and comfort? My feeble human mind cannot be filled with peace when I’m stuffing it full of worries of this world. That’s where one of my biggest sins lies, turning to the wrong sources of comfort, allowing worldly things to try and give me solace, knowledge, and peace.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Dear Heavenly Father,
In these terrible times give me the peace that only You can give. Forgive me for turning into myself instead of looking to You for peace and strength. Calm my fears. Help me to trust your word and promises. Keep us safe in your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.