2008-12-01 - Holiday Heroes
I'm not one who likes sitting with her back to a window, afraid the tooth fairy, Easter bunny, or Santa are spying on me, a preference learned in childhood. It was very mysterious to me how the Christmas cookies were eaten, and how the tooth fairy put notes under my pillow while taking my small tooth. It was a small-scale miracle, as far I this youngster was concerned.
When I was a child, I had more faith and confidence in one wearing a red suit, or an animal with floppy ears offering me jellybeans and colorful eggs could protect me more than an invisible God could. Up until that point, I did not lean on God much. I believed God existed and created the stars, flowers, and the sun - but could He really help stop the school bully? Could He stop the girls snickering, as I walked to class?
Now that I am older, school bullies have been replaced with adult responsibilities, and yet the Lord hasn't forsaken me in difficult situations. The Lord's eyes see our every step. (See Job 34:31) God doesn't have to be mysterious like our human holiday heroes. I had a hero all along. A Heavenly one who does not require a cape, or need to bring me presents. He is trustworthy, and around 24/7, not just on special events.
We can stand firm on truths written by the Psalmist regarding God's loyalty and protection. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him." (Psalm 91:14-15 NIV)
Lord, Please forgive me when I fail to acknowledge You as my hero and protector. You are the ultimate hero. I believe You will come to my aid. Thank You for being in my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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