"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."
When we adopted our son Kevin, he was three years old. How scary it was for him to go home with a family he had only met once and spent little time with. I can remember sitting by his bed at night and holding his hand until he fell asleep. I would tell him he was safe and try to reassure him when fear turned his dreams into nightmares. Even though he struggled with many deeply seeded issues in his short life, I think he felt safe in our home and I take comfort in that when I look back on his life. He died at the age of 25 from congestive heart failure after a virus attacked his heart.
I understood his fears surrounding feeling safe. I have spent most of my adult life praying for God to keep me and my family safe, the country, the world. There were times I needed a word from God to calm my fears. This verse has given me great comfort over the years as I exercised my faith and worked at releasing my fears.
I am not one who likes to stay alone at night. When Joel has to be gone overnight, this verse helps me to stay at peace when silence fills this big ol house. I take comfort in it because it reminds me that I am never alone. God is right here with me. All the time. He never leaves me.
I had one woman with severe Lyme Disease tell me that she put a chair next to her bed to remind her that when she was so ill she could not get out of that bed, she was not alone. Jesus was sitting on that chair comforting, encouraging, sustaining, and holding vigil with her.
Are there fears that sometimes keep you awake at night? Do you struggle with worry? If you are looking for peace during those times, remember you are not alone. Jesus sits beside you holding your hand and calming your fears. He is right here, right now. All the time.
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