If we learn to trust God, we will overcome our fears.
Ship in Distress!
Many years ago Tad lived on a lonely island with his father and mother.
All around were rough seas and dangerous rocks. They lived
in a tiny cottage next to the lighthouse. His father was the
lighthouse keeper and he had to make sure the great light shone out every
night to warn ships to keep well away from the rocks.
One stormy day Tad's father fell ill and lay tossing on his bed with a high
fever while the wind blew and heavy rain fell. "The storm is getting
worse," said Mother, "I hope it won't became a hurricane." But, the
wind blew even harder. Tad looked out of the window and saw
tremendous waves lashing the rocks around the lighthouse. His mother
peered out and noticed that the lighthouse light was not shining.
Just then she exclaimed, "Isn't that a ship's horn?"
Tad listened for a moment and replied excitedly, "It is, I can hear it
clearly! And it seems to be close inshore near those jagged rocks!"
"You will have to go and turn on the lamp," she told her son, "I must
see to your father." Tad looked scared, "But, there are so many
stairs to climb and I'm afraid of heights!"
Facing the Storm:
"Son," cried his mother, "You are now the man of the house and only you can
save that ship! If we delay any longer that ship will be wrecked on
those terrible rocks!" So Tad quickly grabbed his waterproofs and
struggled against the howling wind until he finally reached the door of the
"And now I must climb all two hundred and fifty stairs to top!" he whispered,
"Please God help me climb!" He gingerly felt his way up the curving
stairs. Holding tightly to the banister rope, he climbed the steps not
daring to look down at the floor far below.
The Ship is Safe!
Eventually he reached the light and thought, "I must clean the dirty lens."
And so he polished the glass and primed the lamp with paraffin.
Striking a match he lit the wick and at last the beam shone out over the
wild waves. His heart stopped its wild thumping as he turned the
handle to revolve the light.
As the light slowly turned, he saw the faint outline of a ship. It was
perilously close to the rocks! Just when he thought it would hit, the
ship made a sudden turn away from the rocks and they were safe!
Some time later, his mother helped a very tired small boy to bed. "I'm
so proud of you!" she said as she covered him with a blanket. Next
night Tad climbed up the lighthouse steps again, but now he was no longer
afraid of the height because God had helped him!
That night he thanked God as he turned the handle of the lamp. And you
know, he proudly kept the lighthouse lamp going every night until his father
Reward for Bravery!
Some months later he was excited when a large ship anchored off-shore and soon
a small boat landed at the jetty. "Where's the young man who prevented
the shipwreck?" asked the captain. "Here he is," said Tad's father with
a great big smile as he pushed his small son forward. "Son," said the
captain, "We are proud of you and have a special award for you!"
Tad's eyes gleamed as they pinned a gold medal onto his chest for his bravery.
It had a picture of a lighthouse and the words, "Keeper of the Light"
on it. He was so proud and if you ever visited that island, Tad would
show it to you and tell you the story of how God helped him to save a great
ship and conquer his fear of heights!
Shining for Jesus:
Tad trusted God and overcame his fear of heights, and he let his light shine
by telling others of how God helped him. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus
"You are the light of the world" ... Let your light shine before men in such
that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is
God wants us to overcome our fears by trusting Him. And He wants us to
shine for Jesus by caring for other people and telling them about God's love.
Are you willing to be a light for Jesus?