Runaway Train (Of Thought)
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
Children become frightened easily because their immature, developing minds are unable to sort through the things that they do not understand. From an early age children learn to look to the ones who care for them. When children are frightened they will reach out to take the hand of the one closest to them. There is a calm security in knowing that their little hand is held steady by one who is near; the one who loves and protects them.
The story is told of a young child who was sitting on a train with her father. As the train entered a darkened tunnel observers were certain this child would be fear ridden. As the train emerged from the darkness and into the daylight, a woman sitting next to the child patted the little girls hand and said “There, there honey, you’re okay.” The little girl looked at the woman and said, “I know.” Then holding up her father’s hand the child replied, “I’m holding my father’s hand!”
Our Heavenly Father is the One holding our hand in the dark, chasing away runaway thoughts that threatens to derail us. It’s easy to become so focused on the dark that we forget who is holding our hand in the tunnel. Never let what you think you see in the dark overshadow what you know to be true in the Light. Anxiety and fear cast shadows of darkness on the walls of our mind. Our loving Father took special care to continually remind us that by the power of His Word and the promise of His presence, we need not be afraid. Christ never intended for us to live under the weight of fear but rather to rise above it by clinging to His hand. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). When fear tries to derail you, keep your hand in the hand of Your Father. There is no better place to be. (Psalm 27:1)
Father, thank You for victory over worry and fear. Please squeeze my hand to remind me that You never let go. Thank you Jesus; You are the Light in darkened places. In Your Name I rest, Amen.