Have you ever had something SO SCARY and SO SHOCKING happen to you, that you suddenly felt like you were in the middle of a movie? That happened to me as I went to pick up my daughter from school on Friday.
I was sitting at a red light, when SUDDENLY two guys jump out of their car and start beating on another car. At first, I wasn’t sure if they were just ‘playing around’ with their friends. But it quickly became obvious that these guys were SERIOUS and they were MAD!!!!
A Clean Get-a-way
I was lucky enough to be an uninvolved bystander, until ANOTHER car flew up and blocked the intersection so that no one could move. THEN a man jumped out and started pointing a GUN at the cars that were fighting!
I immediately called 911. As the light turned green, I had to drive right by the gunmen in order to get past. I was talking to the police as quickly as I could, giving as much detail as I could, as I got OUT OF THERE and just prayed that he didn’t turn the gun towards me.
Never let ‘em see you sweat…
As I pulled into my daughter’s school less than 1 block away, I realized that my previously dry clothes were now wet with stress sweat! That was a pretty MILD consequence for a VERY INTENSE few minutes.
I told the story to the other mom’s in the parking lot as the squeal of police sirens approached. I was surprised at the myriad of feelings that continued to sweep over my body.
Our bodies, emotions and reactions can be UNPREDICTABLE when fear enters a situation in a big way.
So what should we do when a scary moment comes?
The reasons behind any one of our fears could be as diverse as FINANCIAL, HEALTH related, what’s happening in a RELATIONSHIP or physical DANGER.
It can be sudden, or it can creep up on us inch by inch, as walls seem to crumble around us. No matter what, the way to deal with the fear is the same.
In the Bible, even just the book of Deuteronomy has quite a bit to say about fear:
‘You must not FEAR them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.’ Deut. 3:22 (NKJV)
‘No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the FEAR of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.’ Deut. 11:25
‘Be strong and of good courage, do not FEAR nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.’ Deut. 31:6
‘And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not FEAR nor be dismayed.’ Deut. 31:8
Faith vs Fear
One thing becomes clear very quickly. No matter what’s happening TO us or AROUND us, God does not want us to fear. He wants us to trust Him, to follow Him and to operate in FAITH, the opposite of fear. This isn’t possible if we are in fear!
He wants us to know that ‘we are the head and not the tail’ and that ‘we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.’
He wants us to trust Him. To cast our care on Him. To live in peace REGARDLESS of our circumstances. He wants to be our rock and our defense.
I was reminded of God’s loving PROTECTION around me, as I was able to drive right out of a potentially life-threatening situation without any harm.
His same protection is around you. TRUST in Him. He is the deliverer, the protector, the lover of your soul. He’s on your side and leading and guiding you out of your situation right now.
We want to hear from you!
To help build faith in our friends who are reading this today; what situation can you share that you saw the divine protection of God walking you through a fearful situation?