Butterfly Impressions

Doubt Not, But Be Believing*

on December 12, 2014

I just finished nursing my baby girl and putting her down to sleep.  As I sat feeding her, watching her drift, I had a sudden, unexpected feeling of fear concerning SIDS.  I don’t want my beautiful little one to die suddenly in her sleep.  I want to take care of her, cradling her in my arms – as I was – feeding her, changing her diaper, wiping up her spit-up, and everything else (both pleasant and unpleasant) that comes with having a little bundle of amazing joy!  So, why this sudden, brief moment of fear?

“Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26).

Fear lies in disharmony with faith.  Satan tells us to fear, while Christ tells us to be faithful.  The ways of the world endeavor to invoke fear within us with the intent of controlling our actions.

The fear made me stop, and ask myself something I never had before.  How many people do I know who have had one of their babies die from SIDS?  The answer: none.  So, how could I feel fear just from a fleeting thought of the possibility of SIDS, when I have no personal experiences or connections tied to a SIDS-related incident?

Further research supported my suspicion that SIDS is not as common as the Fear Of The World makes it out to be.  A parent who implements common sense and good judgment is well equipped to care for their sleeping infant.  For such a parent, when SIDS happens, they could not have prevented it.  SIDS is called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for a reason – that’s what it is!  There’s no apparent cause for it.  If there was, the cause of death would be something else entirely – most likely connected with something physically ailing the baby, or the lack of common sense, lack of understanding, or neglect of a parent.

So, if a parent is doing all they can to take care of their baby, they don’t have to be afraid of SIDS.  Why?  Because we don’t know the cause of SIDS, so we don’t know how to prevent it.  And, if there’s nothing we can do to prevent it, it is out of our control.  Furthermore, all things that are out of our control are best met, not with fear (which has no power to change anything), but with faith.  When we exercise our faith in God to take care of us in the things we cannot control, our fear cannot persist.

But, what if we have faith that God will take care of us, and something bad still happens to us?  Then, we must have faith that whatever bad does happen happens for a divinely understood reason.  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Seek understanding, and when you find your understanding lacking, continue with faith in the one who understands all things.  Then, you will have no need to fear.

*Mormon 9:27


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