Middle of the night, the house moans from the blowing wind. The dog is settled on our oldest boys bed. No television buzzing. No music. No running and racing of three boys. Just quiet. My husband and I lay sleeping at the opposite end of the house ... but, I hear him. I always hear him when he calls my name.
"Mama! Come here!"
Somewhere in the 3:13 a.m. shadows, there's a monster. One brought to life by the imagination of a six year old boy.
"I'm here." I pull the sheets away from his head and find his round eyes, thick with dark lashes and tears.
I kiss him, reassure him. There are no monsters here. I tuck him in and leave the hallway light on for extra comfort.
Again, I trip over school bags and toys ... find my way to his bed and ... again ... "It's ok, I'm here."
"Mama, stay for a while. The monsters don't come when you're here." He turns on his side and peeks at me from under the sheets.
"Why is that?" I whisper and pat his warm back.
"I think they're scared of you." He closes big brown eyes and hugs the sheet tighter around his shoulders.
I stay. Longer. I rub his back and whisper soothing words. His breathing is slow, steady. I tip toe out. Soon, it will be time for the alarm to ring ... time for work and school and ... I'm tired. Worn thin. I'll be tired at work. The dark circles under my eyes will give away my restless night.
But, I would do it again. To let him know he is loved. To make sure he feels safe.
And, I think.
Jesus comes when I call. No matter the day or time. He comes and chases away the monsters. All my worries, fears. They're afraid of Him. And, I ask Him to stay. Stay longer. He does. I know I must exhaust Him with my cries. But, He never tires of giving me peace, safety.
Ephesians 6:10-13 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."