"Hold My hand - and trust. So long as you are conscious of My Presence with you, all is well... Fearful, anxious thoughts melt away in the Light of My Presence." (183)
I suppose we all know what it's like to battle with anxious thoughts that overwhelm us and mess with our sense of sanity and peace. The other evening my 6 year old grandson was battling some scary thoughts that were keeping him from going to sleep. My heart ached deeply for the little guy because it seemed so unfair for such a young, tender heart to be so unsettled.
Us well-seasoned souls are battle-bruised enough and know what that is like. It seems all the more cruel for such distressing thoughts to invade our younger more vulnerable ones. So, we crafted a plan, via long-distance over the phone, to "take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ." (2 Cor. 10:5)
After writing down the details of his scary thoughts, as he described them to his dad, he was asked if Jesus was bigger and stronger than each of those thoughts. Of course Jesus was! With daddy's help, his list of scary thoughts were then placed in the flame of a candle. Watching the flame consume his fears illustrated how Jesus is the Light that overcomes all our scary thoughts. That powerful Truth helped to comfort his anxious heart.
It's so good, at any age, to remember that "the Light of His Presence" melts away "fearful, anxious thoughts" along with the sinful things that tend to haunt our minds!
Submitting all my thoughts to His Light...dmc