It was one of those moments that can send a parent into a panic. My van wouldn’t start. I was stranded at home. My children were not. My children were stranded at our church. I had dropped them off earlier for VBS. Now, I was stuck at home, unable to get to them.
I left a message for one of the volunteers. But, the longer it took for me to hear back, the more panicked I was. Thus began a mass of phone calls and text messages to every volunteer I knew would be there after the initial exodus of parents and children. Every parent that I knew would be there picking up their children. Particularly the ones I knew would most likely linger to talk or help afterwards.
All of this despite my knowledge that my children were safe, couldn’t possibly be in a better location for this to have had happened, full of people who would know something must have happened for me to not be there. I knew that someone would notice my children, and even if everyone I reached out to didn’t see my number or text on their phones, I’d be getting a phone call from the church. I knew my children wouldn’t be left behind.
Yet I was a wreck. I was in a panic. I just needed to know that someone got my message. I needed that reassurance to settle my panic. In reality it had only been a matter of minutes, but to a mothers heart….the wait was an eternity.
The enemy knows what buttons to push. He knows the things that upset us, worry us, concern us and frighten us. He will use this knowledge to find ways to disrupt our peace, corrupt our thinking, obscure our clarity and tear at our hearts.
Isaiah 41:10 reads “Do not panic. I’m with you. There is no need to fear because I am your god. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Father God, you are faithful to your promises and your word tells us that no word from you will ever fail. In my weakness you are my strength. In my pain you are my comforter. Help me Lord, to ignore the influence of the enemy and rely on your word. Help me to abandon my fears and worries and keep my trust in your promises. I have nothing to fear, for you are my protector, my refuge, my rock and I lay my burdens at your feet. Amen.