It was like clockwork.
I would awaken to that tiny sweet face staring at me, close enough to feel her panicked breath on my face. Then, like a record on repeat, I would hear the same little human begin to spill out the terrors of the night; the things she was imagining in the corners of her room. Of course I knew that there were no monsters (thank you very much Disney and Monsters, Inc.) or evil lurking in any part of her room.
But because it was three o’clock in the morning and I was in the midst of the sheer exhaustion of a very full life, I would grab her little body, wrap my reassuring mama arms around her, and pull her into bed with me. Both of us soon engulfed in the warmth of blankets and pillows, as I tenderly prayed and soothed her fears till she dropped off to sleep.
This continued for weeks, until one night I realized all I was doing for this little one was “soothing” her fears, rather then showing her how to break this nightly routine of terror. All I had to do was remind her she had a light switch in her room; that as tiny as she was, she had the power to switch the light on all by herself to expose the fear and silence a roaring imagination.
How about you?
How often does fear or the disappointment of an unmet expectation or an out of control imagination scream at you, making you forget you have the power to turn the light on and expose it?
By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions. —Hebrews 11:11,12
Sarah is listed in the infamous Hall of Faith, even though her first response to the promise was not so faith-filled. She LAUGHED within herself thinking this was ludicrous. Her hopes had given way to a dead womb, a wrinkled old body and the screaming voice of fear and disillusionment. Could it be that what she considered God’s absence was really his patience?
The Bible doesn’t tell us what she did to change her perception, but somewhere along the line, Sarah chose to believe that the ONE who made the promise would DO WHAT HE SAID. Amazing to think that her dream was what God had created her for. Just as God had a plan for Sarah, he has a plan for you. Everyone of God’s promises have the power to silence any fear or disappointment in your life.
All my love…
Donna Pisani co-pastors Capital City Church in Washington, D.C. with the love of her life, Dennis Pisani. She loves kale chips and chocolate (preferably not together), family time and is currently hooked on Downton Abbey. She is committed to seeing women flourish in life. For more, you can follow her on Twitter @donnapisani and Instagram @donnapisani
“It was amazing how in this hall full of women, I felt as though the speaker was talking directly to me and my situation. I was near tears the first night.” —Kelsey
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