Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 MSG
Just recently in my own backyard to speak, a 20 year girl was enjoying her daily run. A routine she had found herself in to become more fit. Though she struggles with asthma she still pushes herself to become more active. So this was just an ordinary run. An ordinary day. A quick run before a night of work which laid before her. Ordinary until an attacker appeared in the bushes behind her.
He came from behind and tried to grab her, however upon contact she elbowed him in the ribs and broke free. After he struck her across the face leaving a scratch and a bruise, she ran as fast as she could to the safety of her car and drove away. Moments later I received a phone call, “Mom before you freak out, I am okay.”
No mother wants to hear what happened next to their little girl. Yes I know she is 20 now and on her own but still. As she unfolded the events that just happened to her I was glad to here she was okay. Since this event she has met with police officers and sketch artists and seen a line up. I pray this person is caught and that no one else’s little girl has to go such a trauma.
Now that you know my daughter is okay let me share why I am blogging on this subject because it all boils down to perfect peace. As I began to share the news about the incident, people were asking me all sorts of questions such as: Why are you not more upset? Don’t you want revenge on this guy? Why are you not worried? What are you going to do about this?
To be honest, it did not hit me until about two days later the list of things which COULD have happened: murder, rape, abduction….a multitude of terrible things could have happened in that one 30 second encounter. So why was I at such peace? Because after years and years of walking on the edge of things, I am now centered in the heart of God and He promises to watch over me and my family. I now can walk in perfect peace knowing God took care of my daughter that ordinary day and He will continue to do so.
Fear is not of God. Fear is something we create in our minds when we do not have the full understanding of Who God is. I am ever so thankful God spared my daughter from any further harm that day and I know He will give her the strength she needs to face this enemy. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt my God watches like a hawk seeking to protect His children from harm.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
What is fear? Is it real or just imaginary? How come some of us fear one thing and others are fearful of different things? I guess since we were all raised in different homes we learned to fear separate things. For me, water is a fear. I get to about chest high and a panic state arises in my spirit and I begin to really feel the fear. I know in my heart that God did not give me a spirit of fear, so why I am I still afraid of the water?
Fear keeps us from doing so many things. It surely is an enemies tool against our lives. Some of us even fear spiders which are millions times smaller than we are, how is that even possible? What about those who are afraid to leave their homes, they are bound to a fear which mobilizes them. There is a fear for pretty much everything on earth and we either need to choose to live without fear or just avoid the snares all together.
Tonight as I was hanging out in the pool, I tried once again to deal with my fear. I know where my fear started, it was when I was about eight years old and was thrown off a boat in hopes that I would learn how to swim. Then to add to this fear and keep me there, my son had a near drowning experience when he was six. This summer I walked farther into Lake Michigan than I had ever done, but somehow, the fear is still lingering. All I can do is surrender it once again to God for I know He has a plan to remove the fear.
What are you afraid of? Do you run from your fears or do you walk in quiet confidence knowing God did not give you a spirit of fear? I think this is a subject which hits all of us. I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who has no fears, it just proves that Satan is hard at work trying to keep us from doing the things God has set out for us. We at some point will need to come to terms with our fear and face it instead of running from it. We will need to stare it right in the face and speak truth to it, the truth that if we are with Chirst, we have no fear.
I myself want to get over this fear of water. I will keep pressing in each time to be able to conquer it. I no longer want to run, I want to take this fear of water by the hand and walk out what God has promised me….A Spirit without fear! Are you ready to face a fear or two?
Jesus Blesses the Children
One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
With open arms Jesus stands waiting for us to enter into His love, why are we so stand offish? It says for us to come unto Him as little children, what exactly does this mean? Well the answer is simpler than you think. It means running towards love and embracing it with no fear, no judgement, no wondering if we will be rejected and in complete trust that the arms will stay open until we are safely in them. That is how simple His love is, so why do we make it so complicated?
My husband and I went to a local church tonight to watch an Easter play. It basically began at Genesis and ended at Revelation and showed the love of God from beginning to end, things I have already learned and seen in my walk yet one part in particular just grabbed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I could hardly see the scene at times through the tears which flowed as I watched Jesus pick up this little lame girl, heal her and set her back down. He had healed her. What joy flooded my soul! Later in the same scene He is dancing with her and enjoying her company…let me get real with you and tell you what this did to my spirit…..
This scene first took me to a place of complete rest in Jesus. As I saw Him take that little girl from her fathers arms I could see that little girl was me. As He held me close to His chest and prayed over me I was brought back to the many times where I had resided in the arms of Jesus just receiving my healing. Secondly when they were dancing I felt so much joy and it showed me just how easy it is to accept Jesus and His love for us. If only we could humble ourselves enough to run to open arms of Jesus everyday.
I encourage you to close your eyes after reading this and begin to imagine what it feels like to be held in the arms of Jesus. Even if you feel you do not deserve it, press in. Even if you feel you don’t have enough faith, start running. When you see Jesus standing before you, know that He is real and means no harm. It is safe there in His arms. Run to Him, He is patiently waiting your arrival.