moment we put ourselves in the right attitudetoward him.But if we are trying to do right and are still trou-bled with doubts of God's ability and willingnessto care for us, how shall we get rid of tormentingfear from that source ? The reading of God' s prom-ises, talking with Christian people who have losttheir own fear, and conversing with the Lord dailyin prayer, are great sources of cheer and comfort.I am sure if we avail ourselves of such help we shallsoon think of the trials that come to us in a differ-ent way. A little girl had been told of hobgoblinsthat lurk in shadows and catch naughty children,and such foolish things, until she was afraid to beleft in the dark at night. She was nearly crazedwith tormenting fear. She came to live with a wise254 % 3^ear'5 ipra^er^/Kbeetlng ITalfta.aunt who undertook to comfort the child by givingher a sweet faith in the care of God. She told herthat darkness was only a blanket with which Godcovered up the world; how the flowers blanketedthemselves in perfume; how little birds tuckedtheir heads under their wings, and sat up in trees,each birdie by himself in his own little privateroom of twigs and green leaves, which the goodGod made so that the birds might have nice littledark homes to sleep in. She w^ould fold the littlegirl into her crib and say : " The darkness is justlike a great soft blanket that God sends to wrapthe earth up in so it can go to sleep." Once, asthe light went down rather suddenly, Maisie askedtremblingly : " Is a big black bear in the corner? "" Why, no, dear ! " The light flashed up instantlyso Maisie could see; then went down softly, andauntie said : " Dear, God is in the room — our goodGod." After a while Maisie learned to love thedarkness. She called it "God's blanket." So wemay be sure that if we are doing right, seeking toplease God by our words and thoughts and conductday by day, the trials of life, which seem sometimesso hard for us because we do not understand or donot trust him, are God's soft, warm blankets bywhich he is protecting us. If we love him per-fectly, keep our confidence in him, all tormentingfear shall be cast out.
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