~week two~day 1~
Love ˃ Fear
I look forward to the evening time, when rest is close at hand. It’s not the rituals that we all have leading to bed. It’s the actual pulling back of the sheet and blankets, crawling in, tugging up the covers. Feeling the pillows curve around my neck and head.
I’m clean, I’m wearing the kind of pajamas I love to wear. Clear drinking water is next to me. The house is quiet and cool. This is real rest. And, if I’ve gone to bed early enough, it’s going to last for seven heavenly hours.
This is just about the point in time that I remember my sisters and daughters all over the world. I know that there are millions laying on concrete or garbage. Or on dirty mattresses stained with blood, sweat and tears. Hungry and dirty. Hopeless and afraid. Sick, broken and wondering why the night has to be so long.
Their nights are full of fear. Mine are not.
There are only two directions I can go with the knowledge of my peace in the night and my sisters’ fear in the night. I can tuck away my knowledge, be grateful I am living in luxury, say a quick prayer and sleep my way through this life. My other option is to take my knowledge, be grateful for my life and then give it away for others.
Fear stunts us and holds us back from the calling God places in our hearts. The only thing that can overcome fear is love. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18. If there ever was a good reason to conquer fear, it is so that we can love more fully, more deeply. So that we can love not only those close to us, but so that we can love those in our periphery who are in need.
God, I pray that, tonight, as we each go to the place we call Rest. We would do so not just because of comfort. But out of the full knowledge that we have done all that we are able in our waking hours to impact the darkness and despair and hopelessness of those in our reach. I pray that as You work out the big plans in our life Lord, we take every opportunity to make every small effort to feed just one person. Smile at passers by. Complement our co-workers. Give grace for no reason at all. I pray that all our efforts are in your name God. So that we would go to our place of Rest knowing that we have spent the day laying down our life for the same people and causes that you Love. Amen.