For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me.
Job 3:25 (New King James Version)
If you have a little person, you know full well that they can be afraid of the dark. You’ll sometimes hear that petulant cry from your pint-sized progeny about “monsters under the bed” or hearing strange noises. Believe me, it can be a test of your patience when you’re getting into that restful position in bed when you hear that “Daddy!” wail. It’s during those moments you long for the day when you little one gets over their fear of the dark.
I also realize that we as a species are still childish in a lot of ways. We have yet to mature into a fully spiritual and fully cosmic species-what Jesus was trying to get us to. Currently, as little children, we too wail about “the monster under the bed”. We wail about things we think we cannot control. We wail about the economy, climate, other religions, sexual preferences that differ from our own, race, etc. We just wail and sometimes test God’s patience.
We need to understand that God gave us the power to fix things. Maybe God’s been trying to tell our species that there are no monsters under our collective bed; that they’re just an illusion we manufactured based on our reactions to our many “crises” we see. Like many a parent (me included), God’s wanting us to grow up and face these problems head on instead of wailing and crying. To respond with God-endowed wisdom that has kept us over the quarter million years we’ve been hanging out on Earth; to apply spiritual and holistic wisdom to counter these issues head on.
We also need to heed Job’s warning: if we keep focusing on these monsters, crying over them instead of facing them head on, they might just become so real in our lives that we will be paralyzed by fear and feel helpless. After which, we’ll never grow and be what God desires us to be.
And that would be a monster sure enough.