Last spring I was babysitting my coworker's daughter. We were walking to the park when there was a loud noise from behind the trees beside the sidewalk. Her first reaction was to grip my hand tighter and turn towards me. She was seeking comfort from her fears from someone she knew well.
Later that day, I reflected on several questions. What or who do I turn to for comfort? What is it that I know well enough that it comforts me? Does the comfort last?
What I realized is often times the things and people I turn to rarely provide true comfort from my fears. I turn to people and things I know well because I trust their reassurance, but usually the comfort from fears doesn't last because I know they often are powerless to prevent or overcome my fear.
So this then lead me to think about where I could find true comfort from my fears. One of my memory verses in the past few years was found in the book of Joshua when God is sending Joshua into the Promised Land with the Israelites.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 9
I know God can provide me true comfort. I also know I should seek Him and desire to know Him better so it will be my first and not the second, third, ect. reaction to turn to God for my comfort.