I love this picture of a toddler dragging around his special blanket. The softness of this familiar object often has a calming effect. A little two-year old can seem inconsolable until he picks it up and snuggles with it. Linus, in the comic strip, “Peanuts,” could not do without his blanket. A re-run of an old sitcom had me smiling. The story was of a grown man with a piece of his blanket hidden in his wallet! Somehow, the soft blanket calms the fears and tears.
The other day my husband shared with me how the Scripture verses he used in a conversation calmed down the person with whom he was speaking. Rather than focus on the problem, attention was shifted to God and His love. The calming effect of God’s Word was almost immediate.
It is true that God’s promises tend to calm me down. I can get so worked up and panicky in the middle of a problem. I need the quieting influence of God’s voice through His Word. He reminds me that He is in control. He reassures me of His presence. He upholds me with declarations of His love. He calms and quiets me much like the blanket for the toddler.
A calm and quiet spirit is not natural in the middle of crisis. Fortunately, I have Someone who does the supernatural for me. He is the source of contentment. Like a weaned child I can be content and confident in His love and care. He has proved Himself faithful every time I have needed Him.
Thank you Lord, for calming me down today.