Years ago a cargo ship was making its way through the stormy seas of the Atlantic. The waves were high, the winds fierce and the crew in fear for their lives. To add to their fright, they heard strange sounds coming from underneath the deck. They thought that they were hearing people moaning and crying for help. They were frightened and in a state of panic.
The captain, knowing that he was responsible for everything that happened on his ship, decided that he would find the source of the voices. Going below deck to the area containing the cargo, he noticed that one crate had broken loose from its straps. Each time the ship rose and fell with the waves, the sounds were loud enough to hear but not clear enough to understand.
Breaking open the crate he discovered a shipment of dolls that cried “Mama” when they were rocked back and forth by the waves. That calmed their fears.
The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help...He is close to the brokenhearted and to those crushed in spirit...and those that face troubles. He will protect them from harm.”
We all desire to escape the fears of life: pain, grief, loss, sorrow, sadness, abandonment and failure. Let’s thank God that when trouble comes, He’s there to care and comfort.
Prayer: Thank You, Savior, for Your presence in our lives, and for protecting and comforting us in the storms and stresses of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 34:15-19 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;