Friday, February 10, 2012

Day 10

29 Things to Love about Lila
Day 10

When you are scared your first request is that I talk to Jesus about whatever is scaring you.  You have a very active imagination, so we'll never know what might scare you - the big cow at Chick-fil-a, the shadows in your room, the V is for Vulture key on your computer.

The other day in the car, I was thinking about this a lot.  We were going to see Daddy for lunch and an ambulance ahead of us turned on its siren suddenly.  You were scared by the loud noise, which prompted this conversation:

You: Mommy, what dat noise?
Me: It's just a siren on that ambulance - they're going to help somebody.
You: It's too loud! Mommy talk to Jesus about that siren?
Me: Are you scared because the siren is loud?
You: Yeah! Mommy, talk to Jesus about that siren!
Me: Okay, Dear Jesus, help Lila to not be afraid of the siren.  Help her to understand that the loud noise just means they're going to help somebody and she doesn't need to be afraid.  Help her to know that you are with her, and when you're with her she doesn't need to be afraid of anything.
You: Mommy, talk to Jesus about that siren again.
Me: Can you talk to him?
You: No, mommy.
Me: You can.  Jesus will hear you if you talk to him
You: hesitating and then quietly mumbling Dear Jesus, help Lila not afraid loud siren. Help not afraid of anything.
Me: Good job, Peanut!  Jesus loves to hear you talk to him.  He heard you and he'll help you not to be afraid.
You: Yeah.

That conversation got me thinking.  You changed your tone of voice and the volume of your voice when you repeated my little prayer.  It was like you understood that you were talking to someone else.  It wasn't for my benefit.  It was as though you have a sense of Jesus' nearness to you.

Our little not-afraid prayer is based on a story we read in your Jesus Storybook Bible.  Listen:
Jesus and his disciples are in a boat on a lake and a big storm comes up.  The disciples are terrified and fear for their lives, but Jesus...Jesus is just snoozing away on the boat as though the raging storm is just a figment of their imagination.  The disciples wake him up and say to him, "Jesus! Do something! Don't you care that we're going to die?!"  And Jesus wakes up and, in a word, quiets the storm.  "Hush. Be still," he tells the wind and the waves.  And instantly, they are still.  You would think that the disciples would be celebrating, breathing a sigh of relief, thanking Jesus for saving them.  Instead, they are even more terrified than before.  They have just seen the kind of power and control their Teacher has and they just don't know where to file that information away in their brains!  And Jesus turns to them and says, "Why were you scared? Did you forget who I am?  Did you forget who is with you?"  

And here's the line that has inspired our prayers:

Jesus' friends had been so afraid.  They had only seen the big waves.  They had forgotten that, if Jesus was with them, then they had nothing to be afraid of.  No matter how small their boat, or how big the storm.

We hope that you are beginning to remember what the disciples forgot.  When you are afraid of something, we want you to remember that Jesus is always with you.  We want you to look past the big waves or the loud siren or the big cow at Chick-fil-a.  We want you to remember that when Jesus is with you, there is nothing to be afraid of.