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My four year old nephew has Night Terrors. He’s been having them for a couple of years now. I don’t know if any of you have ever been privy to this kind of childhood experience, but if you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s a frightening sight. His eyes are open, but he isn’t awake. No matter what you do, he just keeps screaming for what seems like an eternity. For the moment; for as long as it lasts, he’s inescapably bound in his own reality of absolute terror.
Finally, ten to fifteen minutes after these horrific episodes begin, my nephew’s eyes focus, his breathing slows, his tears dissipate, and as the light shines on him, he looks into the face of someone who loves him unconditionally, knowing he is safe. And that fearful illusion that seemed so real to him, is exposed for what it was all along: a farce.
As adults, without Christ, many live in this same kind of nightmare. Only, we think we can slap a bandaid on the problem and fix it on our own because well, we’re adults and we can “take care of ourselves”.
After all, we’ve plenty of options. There’s Jack Daniels, and Red Bull; Budweiser and 5 Hour Energy. And if we want to go the prescription route, there’s Zoloft, and Adderall, Citalopram, Paroxetine and Sertraline. There’s Uppers and Downers and all the in-betweeners.
Bound by our own perceptions, we hang in a perpetual state of anxiety, convincing ourselves that somehow, eventually, with enough conviction and attrition, we will win the unwinnable war. Then one day we realize, His grace permitting, that it is not your war to fight.
We hear the term “Christian Freedom” a lot. Christ tells us in John 8, “If you continue in My word, then you are My disciples indeed; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I dare say I could not fathom coping with the worries of the day, if I were not the child of my Father. If it not for my Savior turning the light on, holding me close, taking the scales from my eyes, and showing me the world as it truly is, what hope could I possibly have?
For the world is His. His to control; His to command. Our freedom is in knowing we are children of The Living God, and that His promises to us are eternal. For when we are weak, He is strong. When we are faint, He bears us up on the wings of eagles. When we can no longer walk, He carries us. Take heart, little Christian, for faith, hope and eternity are abundantly yours. You are free because you know what is real. You are free, not because of your power and ability, but because of His. You have received Him, and so you are His; His to preserve and protect as the apple of His eye. What use have you for fear?
In His Service,
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