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February 25, 2018

Years ago, I awoke with a start. As I attempted to bring my senses to the present, I heard the panic in my sonís voice as he yelled, ďMommy, mommy!Ē Quickly, I exited the warm embrace of my bed covers and made my way to my sonís room. He was suffering from night terrors, thankfully never remembering the terror the next morning. Gently, my hand rested on his shoulder as his body sat up, fixated on whatever horror his mind has concocted. Like a healing balm his body melted and relaxed as he felt my touch and heard my voice comfort, ďItís okay son. Iím here.Ē The sound of his momís voice and her presence miraculously replaced the fear that had overtaken his mind and body. What a sight it was to behold?! To see the fear and sheer horror replaced by complete trust followed by peaceful sleep --- all because he knew his mom was now present, and she would take care of him and fight the enemies that plagued his mind.

Childlike faith is magnificent; it trusts completely without reservation. As we age, we realize not everyone can be trusted. We can become cynical and jaded in trusting others, believing that we must seize control of our lives and be master of our ship. All this runs contrary to the gospel story that our Heavenly Father is writing in our lives. The gospel states the necessity of a Savior; life is not meant to journey alone. It brilliantly displays the act of a Messiah who dies for us and is resurrected, proving that He is a Messiah who can be trusted to take our mess and make a message! The striving, worrying and attempting to control outcomes demonstrates that our childlike faith is lacking. May we, as my son did, learn that our Abbaís got this! His presence and voice ought to be enough for us to release the insecurities, doubts and fears we grip in our hands.

If I was brutally honest, I would tell you that sometimes I donít allow Godís presence and voice to be enough. Instead of truly letting go and listening to my Abba, I forge ahead believing I alone control my destiny or allow paralysis from fear to take hold, sidelining me from living life abundantly. My insecurities, doubts and fears have been known to overtake me, consuming my every thought and action. There appears to be no hope in sight, until by three words, ďAbba, Father, Help!Ē, Iím ushered into His presence. His presence and words present a soothing element and rest for my weary soul, providing peace in the midst of the storm, and reinforcement for the battle ahead. Donít get me wrong. It doesnít eliminate the circumstance --- the pain may still be present --- challenges remain real --- but now we have hope! We know that our God is present, He has promised to be our refuge. He even says ďItís okay my child; Iím here! Iím not going to leave you!Ē And that, my friend, changes everything!

ďNever will I leave you; never will I forsake you.Ē --- Hebrews 13:5b ďIn this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.Ē --- John 16:33b Look up the song Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson. Below is an excerpt:

In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

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