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The Father's Care

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  Luke 12:24 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.A flash of lighting in the dark often terrifies children.

I expected Sam, my oldest grandson, to be scared too. On one of his overnight stays, I laid out a foam mattress, along with blankets, on the living room floor for him. Then I put a sleeping bag and blanket beside it for me. We had an indoor campout.

As we lay in the dark, I thought of a time twenty years before when I lay awake listening for my son Tyler to breathe. As I lay beside my grandson, I saw lightning flash periodically, casting quick shadows in the dark room. I thought of how Sam wasn't concerned in the least with the weather outside. I also thought of how he hadn't given a thought to whether he would be warm and comfortable or even fed or safe. When he finally closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep, I was sure none of these thoughts entered his little mind.

I also thought about how our heavenly Father desires for us to depend on Him. He wants us to trust Him completely, as Sam did me. To trust to the point where our care and provision never cross our mind. He also wants us to be so sure of His care that the storm around us doesn’t faze us, no matter how dark and scary the shadows might be. He wants us to lie next to Him and close our eyes in total peace, knowing we are safe from all harm.

Doing so is a great testimony of God’s care for us. For Him to have our total trust and dependence brings the same satisfaction to His heart as Sam's complete and unquestioning faith did to mine. 

Take the necessary steps so you can have complete faith in your heavenly Father's care.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Andy Hollifield

Andy Hollifield is a Baptist preacher, evangelist, former pastor, writer, blogger, and missionary. He has been in ministry since 1986. He is the founder and director of H.O.P.E. Ministries in Candler, NC. He, along with his wife and son, are heavily involved in various mission activities.