Every two to three weeks, depending on the hairstyle, it’s wash day for my daughter. Hair wash day.
We take out her old hairstyle, deep condition her hair, wash, condition/moisturize, and then detangle and style. We call it wash day because it indeed takes all day to do everything. Although it’s labor intensive we look forward to it for the most part because the lengthy routine slows down our day and forces us to relax. We end up watching movies and eating lots of snacks.
This week, while I was putting my daughter’s cornrows in and pleading with her to stop squirming so much, I noticed the movie she was watching was getting a little scary. My kids do not like scary movies. They got that from me. When I was little I was the same way. I watched Ghostbusters at a friend’s sleepover party once and was forever traumatized. Of course, I eventually grew out of it because now I’m a huge Hitchcock fan but anyway…
So my daughter was watching The Lorax. We had come to the part where the boy goes to see the Once-ler when I asked her if this movie was too scary for her. She very nonchalantly replied, “You with me.” And that was that. I expected her to yes, it’s a little too scary right now and crawl in my lap for me to hold her. Or even ask to watch some other less scary movie. But no, because I was right there with her, she was not the least bit afraid.
And then it dawned on me. So that’s why God always says, “Fear not, for I am with you…” I’ve read that line over and over so many times, not really taking any comfort in the words, “I am with you.” But He means for me to take comfort in those words. Just like my daughter takes comfort in my presence, I should be taking comfort in God’s presence. After all, how many times does God repeat that line throughout scripture? A lot.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.'” Genesis 26:24
“Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the Lord, “For I am with you…” Jeremiah 46:28
“Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17
“And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
So again, God uses my daughter to teach me the simple things that I keep passing over. May I learn to be at peace because He IS with me.