Life's Monsters


Jesus is not surprised by life’s monsters, and He still wants us to trust Him. Ask and trust Him to grow your childlike faith.

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.” 1 John 3:1 (msg)

I heard his footsteps before I saw him pajama-shuffle out to the living room. “What’s up, Paxton-boy?”

“I’m dweaming of monsters again, Mom. You need to pway,” he managed around his thumb.

Back in his room, I tucked him in and then asked Jesus to help him feel safe and protected in his cozy bed. After a kiss and another whispered “I love you, buddy,” Paxton was on his way to Dreamland.

That routine still amazes me, even after a dozen times. I marvel at my little boy’s ability to take Jesus at His word. Just a prayer for protection, and all cares are set to rest.

I teach my children to trust Jesus, and they’re born pros. So why do I still need so much practice believing Jesus will conquer life’s monsters? Because I’ve heard so much about the sorrows real-life monsters can cause.

Knowing well the realities of evil, Jesus still trusted his heavenly Father, and he urges us to have childlike faith. perhaps we adults need a reminder of who our God is and what it means to be His child.

A child’s ability to trust a parent depends on how well he knows that parent’s love. As God’s child, do I really know His love enough to trust Him with my concerns? Enough to rest during any moment, knowing He has potential pitfalls in hand? Do I really understand 2 Timothy 1:12 (nlt): “I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him”?

Jesus is not surprised by life’s monsters, and He still tells us to trust Him.

FAITH STEP: Ask and trust Jesus to grow your childlike faith in the heavenly Father you share.

Written by Erin Keeley Marshall

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