Pondering this passage in preparation for this devotion, my old bedtime prayer, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, comes to mind. Remember 'If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take'? It's something I didn't understand right away as a little girl and maybe was afraid of; but, when I got it, it was such a relief.
Lately, I've been trying to figure out how to help my grand babies let go of their fears. Fearing the bad guys or the bad things (for little people or for big people), is very real; but it is as useless as being afraid of dying in our sleep. Pondering when and if any of these things will happen takes away our wellness. With evil doers, adversaries, and even the actions of armies, we have nothing to fear. God has us in his care, in life and in death. Verse 5 says, " For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock." And, I feel we can add, OR God will take me home to be with him all the rest of my days.
It's all good. No worries. Right? How can we keep from singing?
Please pray with me: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. Amen.