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I am here!

Anna Goodman

Feb 18th 2021 · Day 49

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When my son was young, he used to get horrifying ‘night terrors’. He would often wake up in the middle of the night screaming at the top of his lungs, absolutely petrified. Sometimes when he woke, it was as if he’d become blind because he’d be calling out my name repeatedly, even though I was already there holding him tightly in my arms. 

Now that he’s a bit older he can still sometimes get nightmares. If he’s having a bad night we’ll let him sleep on a mattress on our floor. If he wakes up afraid, I tell him, ‘I’m here in the room! Just wait – you can’t see me yet, but your eyes will adjust. I’m here!’

Psalm 27 starts like this: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (v. 1)

And it finishes like this: ‘Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!’ (v. 14)

So, at the start and the end, the psalmist reminds himself of the faithfulness of God – that He need not be afraid, because Someone stronger is there. 

Life can sometimes feel very dark. We can look around and be tempted to ask, ‘Where is God?’ But God is right there holding us close. He says, ‘I’m here, don’t fear. Be strong; take courage. Wait for me.’ We may not be able to see him with our natural eyes, but that doesn’t mean to say He isn’t with us. 

Pause and reflect: Are you feeling afraid? Read Psalm 27:1 aloud, and slowly. Remember, God is unseen, but it doesn’t mean He isn’t there. Take some time to wait on Him, if you can.

Written By

Anna Goodman

Having lived in Honduras, Nepal, Belgium and Barbados, Anna has a heart for the nations. She holds degrees in neuroscience from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Cambridge (Ph.D.) and also completed five years of Postdoctoral research. Currently a stay-at-home mother, Anna enjoys writing and serving alongside her husband who is an elder in their local church. She is the author of “Connected: God’s quiet voice in a world that shouts

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