Lessons from My Daughter: The Vacuum

By John Hutchinson

My little girl taught me a lesson about my relationship with Jesus the other day.

Lessons from My Daughter: The Vacuum - Fear and the Lord

   I’m trying to get her used to the loud noise of the vacuum cleaner, so I turned it on, sat down beside it and touched it to show her it wasn’t dangerous. She was visibly afraid and started to shake a little bit. In the middle of her fear she takes off crawling as fast as she can toward me, even though I’m sitting right beside the loud vacuum cleaner. She crawls up in my lap, buries her head in my chest and holds on tight.

   That really hit home and taught me a lesson about fear.

   Her love for me and trust that I could and would keep her safe was greater than her fear. So much so that she was willing to run IN THE DIRECTION of the thing she feared most if it meant getting to her father.

When I’m afraid, am I willing to run to my Father, even if He seems to be in the direction of the thing I fear most? Is my love and trust for Him greater than my fear? God help me today.

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called

children of God; and such we are…”

(1 John 3:1)

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