“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” — Psalm 4:8
Tucking me in and kissing me goodnight, my mom walked to the door and turned out the light. With the click of the door behind her, I was alone. All alone…in the dark. There were things in the dark. Scary things. Unknown things. Things that wanted to get me. Every noise conjured up a frightening image in my young mind. So I wrapped my blanket up around me, careful to cover every inch of my body…protection from what was out there…in the darkness…that I couldn’t see. Somehow being shrouded in this cottony cocoon comforted me and made me feel safe and secure.
I’m no longer afraid when the lights go out at night, but I must confess, I still like having a blanket wrapped up around me when I lay in bed. It is, even now, somehow soothing.
That childhood fear of the dark may be gone, but now my fears tend to run much deeper. I know there are scary things out there in this dark world. I’ve seen the hurting, the suffering, the hard times that people go through. I’ve gone through my own share. And, at times, I find myself afraid of the future—the unknown.
I bet you do, too. It’s ingrained in all of us, isn’t it? Fear of the unknown. We conjure up in our minds scenarios of what might be—those things that scare us. And anxiety, worry, and stress settle into our souls.
We want to feel safe and secure. We want to feel protected from whatever hardships might come our way. We want peace. But unlike a security blanket to a child afraid of the dark, we can’t just pull the covers over our heads and be soothed.
There is only one place where we can find the comfort we seek—in the presence of our loving Lord.
Psalm 4:8 says “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
The Bible says we have no need to fear the unknown. God is not surprised by anything. He sees it all—past, present, and future. And everything is under His control. No matter what we may face, God is right here with us and He will never leave us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Like a frightened child hanging on to her security blanket, we must hang on to God—trusting Him to rescue us from all our fears.
The Lord will cover us with His comforting presence and tuck us in with His loving hands. In Him we can rest secure and find calm and peace.
So when those ugly fears arise, let the following words of comfort wrap around your soul and envelope you in peace as you trust in Him.
Psalm 32:10: “…the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”
Psalm 91:14: “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 : “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
Psalm 32:7: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 27:5: “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent…”
Psalm 1:6: “For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous…”
Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 46:4: “I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Isaiah 51:16: “I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand.”
When fears arise, be comforted with the blanket of God’s presence. The One who is to be feared above all else will wrap you up in the safety of His love.
Dearest loving Father, thank You for Your loving protection that brings us peace and comfort. Help us to trust in You at all times so we may rest in Your everlasting love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All Scripture from the New International Version of the Bible, 1984.
Comfort photo: By Sabra Penley, 2014.