Sam the squirrel lived inside a hole in big old tree. He had a happy squirrel life, storing lots of acorns and scampering around the woods where his tree grew.
But every night, Sam struggled to rest. He feared that some forest creature would attack him while he slept.
To prevent that, he used to barricade the entrance to his little tree home with nuts. He didn’t really think through the fact that nuts wouldn’t keep out danger. Fear gripped his mind, keeping him from thinking straight.
One day, though, Sam befriended Ben the bear. Ben was big and strong. The two became good friends.
When Ben found out about Sam’s nighttime fears, Ben offered to sleep outside Sam’s tree.
That night, Sam curled up happily, no fear in his heart. He had a bear guarding the entrance to his tree house–he had nothing to fear.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 (ESV)