My youngest daughter, Olivia came to our bed several nights in a row saying that she was afraid. We offered hugs and kisses and allowed her to sleep in our bed. After night number infinity, my husband and I decided we needed to try to help get her on the other side of this stage in life!
He put her to bed one evening and talked to her about praying to God for comfort and followed that up with something pretty special. He shared with her that he too had trouble sleeping through his fears as a child. He told her that his dad encouraged him to read and recite Psalm 23 whenever he felt afraid. He then read it to her. “Yeah… I can see how that could be comforting . . . I may give it a try,” she said.
Olivia came to our bed that night.
For some strange reason, the following morning, she was so excited. She told me that the idea Daddy had for helping her with her nightly fears really did work.
I thought to myself, “uhh… it did?!”
She said, “yep . . . I got scared and I said ‘yea though I walk down this long dark hallway, I will fear no evil for Your rod and Your staff will comfort me . . .’ and Mommy, it comforted me ALL the way to your bed!”
I laughed so hard my stomach hurt! I told her I was so proud of her for reading, memorizing, and applying God’s Word to her situation!
What if we followed suit? What if we, too, soaked in the Word of God as best we can, and applied it in such a way that we went to bed comforted and woke up excited?
What if . . .
” . . . your rod and your staff they comfort me .” Psalm 23:4