No amount of trust or Happy Thoughts could chase away the deep-seated fear.
Fear brought on by knowing what could happen.
What could and does happen in the night when evil men hunt.
How could any Happy Thought remove the knowledge of could?
Trust in being kept safe was broken by knowledge, for many are not kept safe.
Many are slain and many more will be.
Frightened by knowledge.
No longer the innocent child.
But God, being kind and merciful, brought truth to the frightened heart.
His words reminded the fearful that these things were light and passing.
Even these terrifying hunters were not eternal.
Even passing through such pain is short term.
His words reminded the quaking heart that the soul is held in His mighty hand. This soul will cross whole over the river and into the Celestial City.
Hope is renewed.
A true Happy Thought fed not by blind faith, shallow and fear-filled, but faithful truth which comforts and stills the racing heart.
Fear no nightly hunters, they do not live forever. Safety is found in truth and truth is found in God and His word. Fear nothing for He has gone on before and even now waits for me.
My heart is still as a child’s.
My hope is held fast.
My knowledge is bound not by could, but did.
– Abby Jones
(Twice in my life, I have had really terrifying nightmares….since growing up and moving out of my parents’ house. When I was a kid, my Mom always told me to think happy thoughts and trust God. As a kid this was really all it took to sooth my fear and make me sleep in peace. Now that I’m much more aware of what really goes Bump in the night, I found it much harder to get my heart rate back down. Until I remembered that even if the most horrible things I could think of happened to me – and believe me, I can imagine some really horrible things – they would only be temporary. Salvation, heaven, Christ and his work and love are eternal. There is hope and peace!)