I was at my friend Sarah’s house one night and her nieces and nephews were over for a visit. We were sitting around the living room and little Jake, who is only 2 years old, heard a rustling sound coming from around the corner – Sarah’s brother was digging around in the freezer, but little Jake didn’t know that. He stood there staring at the direction the noise was coming from, his eyes getting big. “Jakey” Sarah teased, “I think there’s a monster in the corner.” His eyes got even bigger and as soon as the noise came again he started running as fast as he could away from it. I was the first person in sight and he ran up to me and with great urgency said “Hold me!” So I picked him up and we went and investigated the noise, and found out that it wasn’t really a monster. We all got a good laugh out of it, it was so funny to see him run up to the first person he saw and urgently ask to be held!
But as funny as it was, I think we can learn a lesson from Little Jake. He did the right thing. He ran straight to the arms of someone bigger than him, someone he knew would be able to keep him safe from the monster. What a picture of how we should seek shelter and take refuge in our God. “God is our fortress, an ever present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) When trials or temptations come, when we are having a hard day, when devastation strikes, when things just aren’t going right, we need to seek the shelter of the arms of our God. Our Abba, Father. He will never let us down. He will never fail. And he will take care of the monsters in our lives. He’s got it all under control, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
In life, when we are faced with a monster and it seems like there is no place to go, God is the place to go. “He will never leave us or forsake us.” (Deut. 31:6) He is always there, no matter what. He needs to be the first and only place we run to. And He will always hold us when we run to Him. Because we are His children, and He loves us more than we will ever know.