Scared to Death

As a mother consoles a child, so I will console you, and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.

Isaiah 66:13

I have a confession to make. When I was a kid, I liked to aggravate a lot. I have one more confession to make. I still do. However, when I was a kid, my favorite target for aggravation was my sister Stephanie. This is mainly because she had this funny little issue of not enjoying being scared. What made it worse was that when she would get scared, her feet would hurt. As you can imagine, it was too much for me to resist. I would take great pleasure in running around corners and startling my sister just to watch her crumple to the floor. Of course, retribution was always swift and painful but I didn’t care. One particular time I remember getting my other sister, Heather, involved. We got on each end of our really long main hallway and called for Stephanie. When she would come to our end of the hallway, we would jump out and startle her and there she would fall. She went back and forth a couple times and still didn’t catch on to what we were doing. What made it even more funny is she was laughing along with us but still couldn’t help herself from falling every time. After a couple rounds of this, my step-mother realized she had enough and told us the prank was over. I will never forget when she said, “You’ve got to know when to stop and now is the time.” As a mom watching her kids, she knew when to let something go and when to stop. She knew that even something fun can become painful. She also knew that, even though Stephanie was playing along, it be hurting her feelings even though that was not our intention. From her outside point of view, she knew what to do.

That makes me think of the verse above which says, “As a mother consoles a child, so I will console you.” Jesus always knows what we really need. We cannot always see our blindspots. Others cannot always see what’s really going on. Howevrer, Jesus always sees and He knows when it is enough. This feels me with great hope because He is never surprised. He always knows and is ready to speak life to any area of my hurting heart. Talk to Him today. Tell Him what’s going on. He is ready to console and hlepyou. 

Action Steps

  • I will turn to the One who understands. 
  • I will follow His lead in my life. 

Prayer Starter:

“Today, I will run to you. I will trust your judgement. I will listen for your guidance.”

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