He’s really worried.
And he’s only 7.
The other night, my son burst into tears at bedtime. Thinking it was a ploy to stay up later, we tucked him in, said prayers, and turned out the lights. A few minutes later, he was in our bed, sobbing.
As he laid out his heart, mine broke in a million pieces. He was scared that our cat would jump up on his bedside table, knock over his alarm clock and start a fire. While that in of itself isn’t scary, what he said next was.
I’m afraid I’ll be trapped, and you’ll forget about me and leave me to die alone.
As we were comforting him, and using the opportunity to teach him about death, life, and salvation, he opened up completely and laid the rest of his fears out:
What if we run out of food and I starve because you forget to feed me? Good thing we have a garden, but I don’t want to go hungry. Are you sure you can take care of me? What if we lose all the things we have?
And, as I prayed for wisdom in what to say, I hear God speaking softly to MY heart. ” You have the same concerns…you worry that you will have enough money to pay the bills, clothe your children, and enough food to eat. But, I will always take care of you! ” I saw how easily we forget to trust God for our future. News events, economic woes, and rising costs work their “magic” to keep our eyes focused on our circumstances, instead of the Lord. And like my son, we tend to think that God either has or will forget about us in our greatest moment of need.
But, Jesus reminds us in Luke 12:22-24 (CEB)
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “ Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 There is more to life than food and more to the body than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither plant nor harvest, they have no silo or barn, yet God feeds them. You are worth so much more than birds! 25 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? f26 If you can’t do such a small thing, why worry about the rest? 27 Notice how the lilies grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 28 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, how much more will God do for you, you people of weak faith! 29 Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. 30 All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys. 34 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.
**on a side note, he is learning to trust, just as I am…we are working on this one together**