Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fear Not!

"Fear not!" "Do not be afraid!" Do you know that this is the most commanded phrase in the Bible, occuring over 100 times in a variety of ways? Yeah, right! That's easy for the average person whose greatest worry is keeping up with the Joneses, but how does a special needs parent live by that command?

Over this past weekend, our son took a hard face-plant on an icy snow bank and hemorrhaged so hard that we had to run him to the ER. Was I scared? You bet! Was he scared? Well, he was crying out, "I am going to die!" There's your answer. Nevertheless, as I tried to get him calmed and get all of the details out of him so I could tell the emergency staff, I had to remind him Who was with him. That's the key to obeying this COMMAND of God's... Remembering He is with you!

In Joshua 1:9 (which my children & I sang in a nifty tune when we homeschooled), God comforts Joshua as he is about to go into the promised land, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." My job as a follower of the Lord is to remember that the God who could speak the Universe into existence is big enough to handle my son's bleeding disorder. In fact in Luke 12:7, He assures me that He has even numbered every hair on my child's head. I, his loving mother, have not even done that!

The next time fear overtakes you as a special needs parent, and there are plenty of fears facing us every day, pull yourself aside and remember Who is with you and your child. He is able to do all that we ask or need of Him.

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