by Hannah Alford
On Monday, we were challenged to be the Ruth in our friends lives this week, showing the friendship and endless compassion that Ruth showed to her mother-in-law Naomi. This compassion sets us apart from many of the monsters written in Thriller that thrive on the fear of loneliness and cruelty. A monster isn’t always something with pointy teeth and sharp claws like we see in movies, but your monster can be anything; social anxiety, depression, even situations or people can become a monster in your life.
“You hear the door slam
And realize there’s nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you’ll ever see the sun…”
Something holding you down, striking fear in your heart, this weight that sometimes feels like it can’t be lifted isn’t as heavy as you think. God will always be there to pull you out of the darkness and into the sun. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). God is bigger than your fears, he’s bigger than your monster; and time and time again have proven that he is always there to bring you back into the light.