Our Daily Bread: "Don't Worry Dad"
- READ: Exodus 14:19-25
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. —Isaiah 58:8
Last summer, my husband and I hosted a concert and fundraiser for childhood
cancer research. We planned to have the event in our backyard, but
weather forecasts were dismal. A few hours before the event, we began
calling our 100+ guests to inform them of a change in venue. As our
friends and family began feverishly toting food, decorations, and
equipment from our house to our church gym, our daughter Rosie took a
moment to give her dad a hug and remind him on behalf of the kids and
grandkids that they were there for him: “Don’t worry, Dad! We’ve got
Hearing that expression is comforting because it reminds us that we’re not on
our own. Someone is saying, “I’m here. I’ll take care of whatever you
might miss. I’ll be a second set of eyes and hands for you.”
As the Israelites were escaping a life of slavery, Pharaoh sent his army
of chariots and horsemen to give chase (Ex. 14:17). But “the Angel of
God . . . and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them” (v.19). In this way, God hid and protected them throughout the
night. The next day, He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross
God tells us “Don’t worry” as well. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). —Cindy Hess Kasper
God’s hand that holds the ocean’s depths
Can hold my small affairs;
His hand that guides the universe
Can carry all my cares. —Anon.
Our work is to cast care; God’s work is to take care!