I was terrified.
Marmaduke would stand silently at the top of the stairs and remove his head.
He tucked it under his left arm and just stood there.
I never knew why he was always dressed in armour nor why he chose to act in such an impolite manner. I mean who takes their head off in public?
I’m assuming by his weird conduct, that young Marm’ was the spirit who once lived in the house. Tottering Towers was a large, dark mansion where a few people dwelled, but it was never evident to me why they allowed this delinquent behaviour to continue.
How my knees shook! I was only three at the time and would be scared to go to bed in case this headless knight decided to show up on the landing.
I think what made it worse for me was the fact that he never spoke. Even now, when I see mentally ill people on the tube train, if they are singing pub songs to the top of their voice, it’s not so alarming. But catch the eye of the man in the suit who’s not really reading the Evening Standard but looking past the paper directly into your eyes, and it’s a tad more unnerving.
Now I’m an old sow, I can laugh in the comfort of my maturity, knowing that Marmaduke wasn’t real.
I am also assured that even if there was an escaped patient marching up and down my street, clad from head to foot in iron and threatening to self decapitate, that I have God for protection. I can pray. I can seek comforting words from the bible. I can think back to all the times he’s protected me before. And providing my life is right, I can rebuke the devil who is influencing the mad-man-in-metal by using the mighty name of Jesus.
I still have fears. I still jump when I think a winged creature is in my personal space. I still refuse to watch horror movies. And like everybody else, I still have troubles of life that threaten to make me anxious and rob me of peace.
But my heavenly daddy promises:
“Do no fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
My prayer for you today is that you too will come to learn that when you place your trust in the God of the bible, life isn’t any more perfect, but through all the trials, you have nothing to fear. For he is with you and will never leave you to face the headless ghost on your own.