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When I Am Afraid

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  Psalm 5:3

Photo courtesy of pixabay.“GiiiiiiiiiiGi!”

My two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter’s frightened cry pierced the happy quiet of my backyard. Moments before, she’d been playing quietly. Now she was racing toward me, her eyes wide with fear.

Kneeling down, I opened my arms and she flung herself into them, her breath coming in short, hard gasps.

“What’s wrong, baby girl?” I asked, looking around for a dog or a snake.

“Airplane,” she said, pointing to the sky.

Sure enough, there was a jet, high in the sky, making its noisy ascent from the nearby airport.

“That airplane won’t hurt you,” I said, wrapping my arms around Lauren’s trembling little body, “but you did good to come to Gigi. Gigi will always protect you.”

Psalm 5:3 reminds me of the way Lauren ran to me when the airplane frightened her.When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Because she’s learned to trust me, she knew I would protect her. Her childlike faith rested securely in me.

I want to be like Lauren when big, scary things disrupt my life and make me afraid. Only instead of running to a person to protect me, I want to run straight into the loving arms of my heavenly Father. I know I can trust Him because He’s demonstrated over and over how much He loves me.

I love Lauren and would die to save her. God loves me even more, and He already died to save me. What further proof do I need that I can trust Him with whatever comes my way?

Although fifty years separate Lauren and me, we’re a lot alike. We’re both frightened easily, but we also both know where to run for safety.

If something big and scary is threatening you, run to Jesus.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Lori Hatcher

Lori Hatcher is a writer, women’s ministry speaker, and author of Hungry for God ... Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women. Her passion is to help busy women connect to God in the craziness of life. You can find her on Facebook (Hungry for God, Starving for Time), Twitter (@LoriHatcher2) or on her blog at www.LoriHatcher.com.