Aug 15

Through the Darkness

So, getting married and having children has been one of the greatest blessings in my life, and not just because I have an awesome wife and two great kids (although they are!). My family constantly reveals some of the most basic truths about God, that I’ve always known, but never really grasped or applied to my life.

Last night was no exception. My oldest daughter, who is four, was put through the nightly bed-time routine: chat about her day, Bible reading, memory verse and fruits of the Spirit recital, and prayer. After that, and with a large amount of hugs and kisses, she finally let me tuck her in, turn the lights out, and close the door. End of story, right? No. Fifteen minutes later, she’s out of bed and walking through a dark house to come see me. She’s scared.

We’ve all been there: small child in bed, night light casting eerie shadows around the room, odd noises coming from the closet, and making sure every inch of our body is within the confines of the mattress and blankets. We were scared. So, what happens next? We run to our father.

This really struck a chord with me. I’ve been a Christian for twenty years now and have always known God to be a “Father”, and sure, I’ve asked him for stuff like I would ask my earthly father (Hey, Dad, you got twenty bucks I can have?), but I began to ask myself, “Have I ever ran to God like my daughter did?”. She ran to me, fear in her eyes, and just wanted to be held. She wanted to know that no matter what happened, I would be right there, holding her.

As an adult now, I’m certainly past the “scared of the dark” phase (well, mostly), but there are other things in this life that frighten me, or potentially could. Things like losing a job, a loved one, a house or other possessions weigh heavily on many people today. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness frightens many and plagues others. Parents are scared of dangers to their children. Life is full of “frights”, but how do we deal with them?

Many of us, I would guess, either just push through the fear or buckle at the knees. We feel we have no place to run, no place to hide, and certainly no one to go to. But what if we ran to God our Heavenly Father? What if we saw Him as a good Father that we knew would hold us? What if we let Him comfort us?

I think one of the best examples of God as a “comforter” can be found in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-10. In verses three and four it says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

Have you ever known God this way? Do you now?

You may have read this far and be thinking, “Randall, I can’t see God that way.” Many of you may not have had a father present at home, or if you did he may have ignored or abused you. Whenever you hear of “God the Father” you immediately think of the hot temper your earthly father may have had or the harmful words he would yell at you. In all honesty, my heart breaks for you. Those things that happened to you were horrible. However, I would urge you to begin seeking God, praying that He would help you remove these harmful images that have been placed up as your image of God. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Have you ever wanted to know peace in your life? To be comforted? I would urge you today, whatever your image of God to be, to pray earnestly for God to reveal Himself to you today and this week. If you are frightened, pray constantly that God would comfort you. You might even seek others to have them pray for you, too. If you wish, you may visit my profile and post on my wall there asking for prayer. Another area you could ask for prayer is in the prayer forums on this site.

As an end note, take some time today to read through and think about 2 Corinthians 1: 3-10. If you have questions about anything, please visit my profile or forums on this site. I would be more than happy to speak with anyone.