I don’t remember having a fear of ghosts as a child, but I do remember fearing a lot of other things. So when our young son developed a fear of ghosts (after watching a cartoon that had a ghost in it), I was pondering how to help him realize he had nothing to fear. My husband, however, jumped to the task before I could and alleviated all fear when he said this to our son: “You know why you don’t have to be scared of ghosts? Because ghosts are scared of Daddy and you are Daddy’s son. They know what Daddy does to ghosts. Ghosts are scared of Daddy because Daddy takes the ghosts and squashes them down into a jar… and then he poops on them. The ghosts find that gross and stinky and run away and never come back!” Our son laughed and laughed (and has continued to laugh) and has completely gotten over his fear of ghosts. (He has also told this story to everyone we meet…. resulting in some interesting stares my way…)
What I like about how my hubby handled our young son’s fear is that he didn’t try to use logic (i.e., “ghosts aren’t real…”) or a command to just toughen up and “don’t be afraid,” etc. Instead – he just went right to the heart of our son’s fear and reminded him of who would protect him. There is nothing better than the security of knowing that someone who loves you is big enough and powerful enough to protect you and will protect you. When I was little, I was afraid of our house burning down. We lived in an older house that had these concrete walls and my room shared a wall with my parents’ room. I remember my mom specifically telling me, “Nikki – your dad would get to you in a second to save you if the house was on fire. Don’t you worry. He can take a chair in our bedroom and ram it right through that wall and get to you.” I completely believed her and never feared a fire again. I am not sure that it is possible for a human being to actually ram through a concrete wall, but I believed he could and that was all that mattered.
Some of us haven’t had the experience of loving dads or “protectors” in our lives. We haven’t seen how a fear can be squashed (and pooped on?) by someone who loves us unconditionally and is more powerful than our fears. Some of us have lived in this post-Fall world and have experienced true fears involving living in the day-to-day muck of a world that is not as God intended and we fear the future because of that. Let me assure of you something right now. God loves you (and me) so much that He gave His only Son to die in our place (John 3:16)…. But not just to die—He loved us so much He gave us His Son to defeat/squash/defecate (poop) on the enemy and his plans to destroy us. (…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8) Christ has already defeated death. And we are promised that when this world finally comes to an end, Christ will come again and this time – He will come as a warrior taking up those of us who are Christians and completely demolishing all evil. (And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:8). The Bible gives us a great description of Christ the Warrior coming to destroy all evil in Revelation 19:11-21. You should take some time to read it when you get a chance. In addition to the imagery of what He does to completely destroy evil, take note of the cool image of his tattoo on his right thigh reading “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Christ is tatted up when He returns – riding a white horse, and destroying every possible evil that could ever harm us. I get chills at the thought of that image. Do you? Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords… nothing more powerful than Him… He takes care of it all. Period.
This Easter – this is what I am thinking about the most. I’m thinking about our heavenly Father who loves us so much He isn’t leaving us here to die and suffer in a Fallen world. I’m thinking of our Father who loves us and gave us His only Son to die in our place so that we could be restored in our relationship to Him… not just to restore relationship, but also to conquer death and evil for all-time through Christ who was resurrected from death and promised that He will come again to conquer all evil. I don’t have to fear earthly things. My Father in heaven takes care of them. And all evil fears Him. And evil cannot destroy me because I am God’s child, protected by the ultimate Warrior Jesus Christ. I believe this and know it to be true. Because it is Easter, I must humbly ask this question - do you?
by His grace -