Jenny Cook, Early Childhood Ministries Coordinator
The Psalms have always spoken to me. They are beautifully written and really get right to the point…and boy can we all use some good straight talk these days. In Psalm 27:1-14, David tells us all of the gift of no fear and having faith. Because God was his light and his refuge, he had no reason to fear. He outlined exactly how God helps us; all we need to do is keep our eyes focused on Him. Confidently focused on Him.
When a family member is sick and, in the hospital, fear tends to slip in and invade every thought you have. Will they get better? Do the doctors know how to help? Will I be able to give the correct care when we go home? Sitting and waiting for answers does little to help that fear go away. When my son was in the hospital recently, we were scared and lost. No one had answers for us. It was hard to keep focus and faith in the process. I was so thankful to so many who sent this scripture, encouraging us to have no fear. We sought God’s face and kept our eyes focused on Him. He saw us through the fear and strengthened our faith. Is this an easy thing to do? I would hope so, but it isn’t easy in every situation. David encouraged us to enjoy our faith and express it. When we felt like doing it the least, that is when we needed to express God’s goodness and faithfulness the most. He honored that and put people around us to lift our faith and also draw from it when they were in need. When you measure your troubles to God’s greatness, everything changes and your head gets lifted once again.
Drawing by Jacob and Samuel Doubleday