Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"What's Your Scary Monster"

Yesterday I spent some quiet time with my five year old grandson, Alex.  As the gentle rain outside brushed against our window, Alex and I snuggled together into the soft chair and read a children's mystery book.  It was about a swamp monster.  One of the characters went for a walk and didn't come back on time, prompting others to go out and look for him.  It was getting late in the day and the sun began to set.  Soon it was dark and everyone was nervous about being there in the dark knowing there might be a swamp monster around.  Sure enough, they spied a figure in the distance.

It was big.

It was black.

It was bulging.

It had long arms with scraggly fingers at the ends.

It had an odd shaped head.

Everyone was afraid and decided to stay where they were and not go any closer.  Eventually, the night turned into day.  As it did, each character could see that the big, black, bulging, long armed, scraggly fingered, monster with the odd shaped head was NOT a monster at all!  It was a boulder with a couple of trees growing out of it.  And their missing friend had spent the night sleeping behind the boulder.

Alex was quick to pick up on this illusion.  He made a statement that I had heard before. Only the statement had been made by a well seasoned, very wise, preacher.  This time it was spoken by my five year old grandchild.  Alex said, "Things are not always as they seem".


Yet profound.

I realized once more that right now I see things "through a dark glass".  I don't see the whole picture. In any situation.  I don't see things as they really are.  Right now I only "know in part".

So often we think we see.  Therefore, we make judgments.  We get it all figured out in our heads. Then we make decisions based on what we have concluded.

How very dangerous!  The result from our decision could be disastrous.

We must give ourselves and our situations completely to God.  Then we must wait quietly until he shows us what really is.  He has everything all figured out and he will show us the truth.  He is the Truth and he is the Light.

Remember, when the dawn broke and the darkness disappeared?  The characters in the mystery book all saw the "monster" for what it really was.  And it wasn't anything that they needed to be afraid of.

Rest in God.

Trust that he will shine the light on your situation and show you the truth.

Give him your thoughts.

Your feelings.

Let him show you what that scary monster really is.


"Things are not always as they seem".


  1. I read something to this effect in a devotional either yesterday or today. Excellent post. Alex is one intuitive boy.

  2. Have you ever read Tales of the Kingdom? It's a wonderful Christian children's allegory. Your story reminds me a lot of it.

  3. I read Tales of the Kingdom years ago and loved it.