Fear not

 

A week after our move to Colorado Springs, I had a baby girl-Shirley. One afternoon, the baby had just finished her bottle and was sleeping soundly, when her 12 year old sister-Kari, (a mite jealous of the new baby, she had asked for), came home from school and quickly dropped her books, grabbed an apple, and went outside to play with her new friends next door. But, my oldest daughter- Jeri hadn’t come home from school yet. I looked out the front window, from time to time, expecting to catch a glimpse of her.   Time ticked away, minutes turned into an hour, but still no sign of her. After an hour, wondering, where in the world she could be, fear began to creep in. There was nothing I could do, but at the same time, I couldn’t just sit there.   My mind kept going back to the fact Jeri was not home. The fears began to grow as I speculated on the possible causes. I had to find something else to occupy my mind. I went downstairs to the basement and started a load of laundry. As I was tossing clothes into the washer, I picked up a blouse, when I realized it was hers, tears sprung up and rolled down my face. I was scared, where could Jeri be?

Fear is one of Satan’s favorite weapons. He whispered dire scenarios, painting a picture of helplessness, and hopelessness in my ear. Fear snuck into my heart without permission, tugging at me to panic. It stole my peace, and my concentration.

Climbing back up the stairs, I decided this has gone far enough. I sat down at the kitchen table, and after a cry to GOD, I blindly opened my Bible and began to read.

“he shall not be afraid of bad news; his heart is fixed (set in cement), trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7).

What caught my attention was “his heart is fixed, trusting the LORD”

I thought- fixed, like my clothes line poles are fixed in cement. The cement keeps the poles steady. As I read those words, GOD spoke to my spirit saying, “Sharon, trust ME!”

Well, faith comes from hearing and hearing from a word (rhema-personally whispered word to my inner man) of GOD (Romans 10:17).   GOD had taken those words in Psalm 112:7 and translated them into my situation. Faith blossomed. I was reminded that GOD was with her, just as HE was with me.

GOD didn’t say, there will be no evil tidings, HE just said, “Sharon, trust ME”. Since GOD had seen me through struggle after struggle, I was confident that HE really did love me, HE was in control, and knew what HE was doing. Therefore, those three simple words, impressed on me, were enough to redirect my focus from my fears, and fix them back on HIS faithfulness.

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So I spoke Psalm 112:7 aloud. “He shall not be afraid of bad news; his heart is fixed (set in cement), trusting in the LORD.” Then I said it again louder,  “He shall not be afraid of bad news; his heart is fixed (set in cement), trusting in the LORD.” 

It strengthened my faith, pushing away all the enemy’s dire speculations. Fear fled, and peace flooded over me. That verse proved true. By focusing on GOD, fixing my eyes on HIM and HIS faithfulness, I no longer was afraid of bad news.

Now, she didn’t come home that night or the next, yet my peace remained. When she came to mind, or the fiery darts of doubts would hit, I prayed, thanking GOD for being there with her, and asking HIM to protect her. By fixing my eyes back on GOD, peace kept my heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7).

Finally, we got a phone call. Jeri hadn’t wanted to move and leave her friends, so had hitch hiked back to where we had lived before. Some friends hid her, but after considering her options, Jeri was ready to come home. Her dad went and got her.

Isaiah 8:11-14 The LORD spoke to me and instructed me not to walk the way of the people… not to fear what they feared, not to be afraid. HE said I was to look to HIM, the LORD of hosts, and let HIM be my fear (desire only to please HIM). HE said if I did this, HE would be for me a sanctuary (a place of safety) and I would have nothing to fear.

JESUS made it very clear, “I have told you these things so that you may have peace (that is why we need to read the Bible). In this world you will have troubles and sorrows, but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). It’s true, no matter what has happened, the LORD has come through for me.  Whether it be personal troubles, national, or even worldwide issues, if we fix our hopes on GOD, we do not need to fear what the world fears.  For HE, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY is in control and rewards those who diligently seek HIM (Hebrews 11:6).

Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.

Hugs,

Sharon

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