I appreciate that God built into our life rhythm– to give us hope and variety and probably a lot of other things. We’re back home in Japan, recovered from jet lag. We have just two more months here before we move.
This morning I grabbed the kids, gave them some apple turnovers, and read the Bible to them. I read them the story of Saul, waiting for Samuel, deciding to disobey his instructions (1 Samuel 13). I asked the children why Saul disobeyed– they said, “He was afraid.”
Fear when God’s timing is different than ours.
Fear when God’s direction is different than what we would prefer.
Fear of not having the right answers to help the people I care about.
So we read 1 John 4:4– “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
And “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant….” (1 Peter 5:7-8)
Told the kids that they were likely to hear a lot of hand wringing about the state of the world in the next year. I’d rather that they not be overwhelmed by fear. I’d rather that they double down in pursuing Christ. Giving God our fear is part of learning how to do that.
Then I asked them to pray. They’re not worried about the world. They’re worried about moving. Finding friends. Having everything new. They’re resilient military kids, all right, but they’re not super-human. Thankful for their prayers. I’m praying for those things, too.