In the city I grew up in, there was a railway station: a small one. When anyone arrived to stay at our home, my father would take me to that station to receive them. It was a very exciting trip for me till we reached the station; there, suddenly I would start walking a little behind my Dad and my footsteps would drag.
"Come on, Bob," my father would call impatiently, and I would bounce on a bit, but again slow down.
It wasn't the monster-looking steam engines of those days that scared me; what frightened me was the railway bridge which had wooden planks for its flooring, and I was petrified to cross over, because through those rafters I could see the ground far, far below, and it was eerie and terrifying for a little fellow like me.
My father knew my fear, and with a powerful sweep, he would load me onto his broad shoulders and carry me across the bridge. I would then look down through the gaps, still see the railway tracks below, sometimes even a stationary engine belching smoke, but was no longer afraid. I would grin quietly at the ground below and even hum a tune as my father whispered, "There's nothing to be afraid of, is there, Bob?"
Oh yes, there was nothing to be afraid of, because I was absolutely, completely trusting my father to get me across.
That was many years ago.
Lately, small fears had started coming into my head; fears that came in small numbers, then became bigger as my receptive mind welcomed them in. They were the normal ones everyone has, but I realised I was buckling under them.
And then this morning, I read a verse from the Bible. It said, 'In God, have I put my trust, I will not be afraid.' My thoughts went to my late father, to his strong arms, his comforting powerful shoulders, as I rested on them, and I realised that a God above and an earthly father below did the same for their children. They carried them, and even if there were dangers; ugly, smoking monsters below, I could look at the monsters and not be afraid.
I wonder, what it is you are scared of today? What monsters loom down below? You don't need to be afraid, you know, you don't have to close your eyes, you can stare danger in the face, when carried through life by God your Father..!