If you totally trust God,
you’re already in heaven.
You’re inside God,
and nobody can take you out.
God stands between you and what scares you,
between you and all the dangers.
Like a mother bear,
she’s got your back,
Spend no fear on the terrorist from afar
or the cancer from within,
the fretting that wakes you in the night,
or the bridge you know will collapse.
Yes, suffering closes in around you at times,
and tragedy walks your neighborhood.
But this is not the title of your story,
not your end.
Learn to see with clear eyes
how love never loses.
When you live inside the Beloved,
and the world is a house that is God,
evil can’t define you, can’t change you,
can’t find you at all.
The Creator of the world fills it
with those who bear her love to you.
They hold you in their invisible arms,
they secretly catch you when you fall.
So stand up to what overpowers,
don’t flinch from what scares you.
You will meet monsters, learn their names
and tame them with love.
Love says, “Here. Come settle in my heart.
Nothing can take you from me.
When your soul cries out, don’t worry—
I’m already holding you.
In your worst trouble, I’m with you.
I set you free. I honor you.
I give you the joy of life lived deeply.
You will shine in me forever.”
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes