"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. When one of our grandsons was 6 years old, he went through a time where he was battling some scary thoughts at bedtime. He would call and want to talk with "Grammy" until he could fall asleep. While I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the little guy, his ponderings made my heart ache deeply. It just seemed so unfair for such a young, tender heart to be so troubled and unsettled.
As adults, with well-seasoned, battle-bruised souls, we know what it is like to be plagued with distressing thoughts. However, it seems all the more cruel for similar thoughts to invade our younger more vulnerable ones. So, this Grammy crafted a plan, via long-distance, over the phone, to "take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ." (2 Cor. 10:5)
With his Daddy's help a list was made, detailing his troubling thoughts. Then he was asked if Jesus was bigger and stronger than each of those thoughts. Of course, Jesus was! Then Daddy took Noah's list of scary thoughts and placed them 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 and graphic illustration helped to comfort a 6 year old's anxious heart.
No matter what our age, it's good to remember that "the Light of His Presence" melts away "fearful, anxious thoughts" along with the sinful ones that tend to haunt and harass us!
Submitting all thoughts to His Light...dmc