by Randy Chambers, 2016-05-20
Psalm 56:4, NIV: In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I
will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
There is a story about a little girl who had said her prayers and gone to bed.
She had not been in bed long before she called out to her parents. “I’m scared,”
she exclaimed. Her father went to her. “Don’t be afraid, honey,” he said, “God
is with you.” The girl thought for a moment, then honestly replied, “I know, but
I need someone with skin on.” My daughter was once a little girl, and would
sometimes be afraid just as the girl in the story. But, while at church, she had
committed Psalm 56:4 to memory. Although a child, she found comfort in this
verse, and took to heart its message. It is often hard for us as adults to have
the kind of peace she held. We cling to tangible evidences like a security
blanket, and have a most difficult time letting go. Yet perhaps it is not too
late for us to discover a childlike faith in all things—the kind of faith that
requires no physical proof. Then perhaps we too can take comfort in a God we
cannot see—even one without skin on.