Down on the Farm

NOT LONG AGO I FOUND HIM fast asleep in our pitch-dark living room. He looked darling- my daring boy usually covered in mud. But I found him dressed in his favorite blue dinosaur footed pajamas all snuggled with blankets in his self-made fort.

Sarah Philpott

He looked so peaceful that I wanted to leave him there till morning. Lying in front of our crackling fire. But I knew if he awoke alone from his slumber he would imagine bears, lions, and coyotes lurking in the shadows

So I scooped his five-year old body up from the wooden floor, nudged him awake, and started the trek to bed.

After a few steps he whimpered, “Mommy stop. I’m scared!” I quickly placed his little palm in mine. He sighed and said, “Oh thank you Mommy! I can see when you hold my hand.”

My heart was full.   I was pleased as punch that he asked for my hand and giddy that I could make my brave little boy feel so safe with my magical powers of turning touch into sight.

Sometimes I have to ask Jesus to take me by the hand, too. When I’m scared, anxious, or just filled with plain old worry about something silly.

When fear makes us stop in our tracks we can trust that God will gladly grasp our palm and lead us by His light. He might not turn on a floodlight that shows us the end of the path, but He will provide us just the right amount of light to keep us marching forward.

And I’m sure He’ll be perfectly pleased that we asked for Him to hold our hand.

Sarah Philpott
Psalm 43:3

My Prayer

Thank you Father for extending the sweet gift of peace. I pray I’ll place my trust in You when I’m afraid of the future. For it is You and only You who can keep my path filled with light. I’m grateful that I can see when You hold my hand.

Sarah Philpott, brave, lead the way

About Sarah

Sarah Lewis Philpott, Ph.D lives in the south on a sprawling cattle farm where she raises her two mischievous children (and one little baby!) and is farm wife to her high school sweetheart. It's quite the chaotic household, but she adores the blessings God has provided. Sarah is represented by The Blythe Daniel Literary Agency. Her book, Loved Baby: 31 Devotions for Helping you Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss, will be published in October '17 by Broadstreet Publishing. You'll be able to find it on Amazon, at Barnes & Nobles, and at other book retailers. She's a lover of coffee (black), rocking chairs, the outdoors, and Hemingway. Visit with Sarah at her All-American Mom blog where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy & in sorrow.

9 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Aww, love the picture you painted at the beginning– so cozy and sweet. ^_^
    So many times that I have been swept up in peace, just knowing that God is holding me. It’s something we need to remember. He makes me brave. ♥

  2. Sarah,

    I LOVE this one! With your premission, may I share it during our Children’s Council meeting at church?

    Stacey

  3. How sweetly our Savior takes us by our hands. And it truly is only then that we can see. Thank you for sharing such a sweet post.

  4. This is something I have experienced many times. Sometimes when I’m afraid I just have to picture my heavenly Father holding me, and I feel secure.

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