My middle child, bless his soul is obsessed with death, (mostly mine - which on some days he has offered to speed along) and the safety of his family (all of us including the dog) His Daddy and I, are struggling with how to balance giving him security and not making promises that we cannot keep. We have decided, with wise council to go with the probable and just keep reminding him that we plan to grow old, old, old together and bug him when he's are an adult.
fast forward to his bath tonight, when out of the blue he announced- "I wish that we had a "weapon" like they have on TV, just in case somebody tries to hurt us"
After confirming that I heard what he was saying, I went into mom mode and started to reassure him.
I asked him- who keeps us safe?
Mommy, Daddy he replies
Yes, but who is stronger than even Mommy & Daddy?
Yes, God is stronger and He keeps us safe
Because God is everywhere, He's with us?
Yes, He is with us.
But how does God see everything if he's behind us.
Oh, baby- God isn't behind us. He's in front of us. He goes before us, directing our path. Nothing happens to us that God didn't already walk through first. He makes the way.
kind of like a car in traffic
yes, kind of like a car (remember he is only 5)
And He makes it perfect?
well, he makes it perfect in His eyes, sometimes we may not think it's perfect.
God makes everything just the way He wants it to be for us?
And with that, he was content to move on to another topic. But, as so often happens I am left standing with my mouth hanging open. Thinking wow, God, you did it again. You've used my kids to remind me what I know, but seem to have trouble remembering.
BEFORE me. You make my path. It may not be what I think is perfect, but it is exactly as you will for me. God, You are my weapon against doubt, fear, distress, disease, disillusionment, disappointment... oh I could go on forever. God, You are also my resting place, my strong tower... oh I could go on forever.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. This I know, because God is for me. In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Whom shall I fear? Nobody, my God is Before!
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