The things of nightmares

It never fails.
I’ve settled into a nice deep sleep and my dreams are vividly firing off like a movie marathon.
The temperature in the room is perfect, the fan is roaring comfortably, and I’m hours away from my alarm clock.
Life is good.
Suddenly, I feel a presence hovering near me.
Then a warm breath on my cheek.
A quiet whisper like something from a horror movie pulls me from my happy place of slumber.

My eyes fly open, my body jumps and as my eyes adjust to the darkness I see a shadow only inches from my face.
In my startled state, I am convinced that my death is imminent and that this body looming over me is someone who naturally wants to eat my soul…
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Okay, so maybe I watched Children of the Corn and Pet Cemetery too much as a kid.
That Gage kid was creepy…
Because once my eyes adjust and my heart rate settle back down out of the cardio-aerobic levels, I see that the sweet face before me belongs to one of my own.
And they in fact have no scalpel in their hand ready to cut my achilles tendon.
That movie is messed up.
Reagan leaned in one such night recently and whispered, “Mommy I had a nightmare.”
He was standing there waiting on me to tell him “Oh, it’ll be okay babe, go back to bed…”
Instead, I lifted up the covers and scooted over closer to Jason as he settled into our bed.
He rolled over up on to his side and facing me he said, “Mommy, that nightmare was awful.  I’ll never get back to sleep.”
Now I’m not one to question what makes up the nightmares of Reagan…because well, Reagan…
But he was visibly shaken.
I took a deep breath and resigned to the fact that 5:30 am was going to come too soon.
As he rolled back over and I put my arm around him, he settled into my chest and was asleep within minutes.
I immediately thanked God for peace.
Not only for peace but that He cares enough about my wild little 9 year old to wash love and peace over him so he can fall quickly back to sleep.
But for the peace that passes all understanding for ANY situation that may come up in my life.
In your life.
Regardless of what you are facing right now, big or small, please rest in the fact that God cares about it, because He cares about YOU.
Whether it’s a test you are going to take tomorrow.
Or test results you’re going to get back tomorrow.
Or the worry that a charge you forgot about went through and overdrew your account.
Or the worry today of how in the world will you put your baby through college when they only got a 20 on their ACT never mind the fact they are top of their class and a 3.9 GPA and thousands of hours of service work.  And how in the world is college even an option because she’s just THREE!

You guys, there are so many scriptures about this.
Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.

Exodus 33:14
The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Psalm 4:8
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Just remember, that our perspective is not necessarily our reality.
God sees the big picture.
What is right in front of us may seem like bad news or the end of the road, when in fact, God is working behind the scenes working “everything out for the good of those who love Him.”
That’s such a wonderful promise!
All we have to do, no matter WHAT we are facing, is climb into the arms of Jesus, lean back into Him, and rest.
Remember?
Gods got our back!
And sometimes all you need is your Daddy, the One who was and is and will always be…a safe place to land.

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