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Never Alone

My knees shook as I quickly walked down the basement steps

carrying my Tiny Tears doll, my money jar and my Bible.

Outside the wind was howling and the rain was pelting.

Sirens wailed continuously.

Tornado!

Shortly before my family and I moved to Kansas City, Missouri,

a  tornado had touched down completely destroying the local high school.

I remember driving by the school shocked at the complete destruction.

But on this night just a few weeks  later

a tornado was seen heading our way.

There I sat in the corner listening to the raging storm outside

and praying. Desperately praying.

Only one word came to my mind that night so long ago.

“Help!”

Fear surrounded me. And silent terror only visible by my tightly gripped doll.

But in addition to the fear that night so long ago

was another feeling.

Comfort. Strange as it might seem I felt comforted.

What brought this nine year old girl comfort in the midst of the storm.

My Daddy.

There with us in the basement were my parents and two brothers.

Being together with my family while the winds howled outside and the sirens blared

brought a sense of calm

but

it was my Daddy’s presence that  gave me peace.

Fear and peace intertwined as it were giving a strange sense of danger under control.

My doll couldn’t help me.

All the money in my jar couldn’t help me.

My Bible reminded me of the unchanging Truth.

God was with me. No matter what.

And seeing my Daddy sitting across the room

and then watching him go up the stairs to check outside

gave me an amazing sense of peace in the chaos.

Somehow I knew on that stormy night so long ago

that my Daddy would take care of me.

The years have come and gone.

I’ve faced other storms. Threatening terror.

And again and again I’ve experienced the strong sense of a Presence

With me.

I know that the Lord cares for me. Watches over me. Protects me. Provides for me.

So even when fear starts to rise and I realize my weakness

I remember.

God is with me. He is with you.

We are never alone.

And we can trust Him.

Receive His Gift of Peace right now. No matter what you’re facing.

He will strengthen you so that you don’t have to go through it alone.

Open your eyes and see.

He is here.

 

We’ve All Been There, Haven’t We?

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.

The Shepherd by his very nature provides for all the needs of his sheep.

All the needs.

Yes, living like a sheep can be so peaceful.

But all too often we become dissatisfied with the Shepherd’s care

   Or become fearful that He will not provide for us.

    Or will let harm come to us.

We look to have our wants and oftentimes all of our needs met

  in just the way we want them to be met.

Like cranky toddlers we fuss and cry

insisting on our own way.

But The Shepherd by His very character cares for His sheep.

He is willing to lay His very life down in protecting them.

He gives them rest and refreshment as needed.

He feeds them from His very own nail-scarred hand.

And those sheep love their Shepherd and follow Him.

Following the Shepherd brings peace.

Life might sometimes bring great sorrow and loss.

Unexpected tragedies might come our way.

But we can always trust the Shepherd.

He knows what is best for His sheep. 

As long as the sheep follow the Shepherd all their needs will always be met.

Do you ever worry that the Shepherd might withhold something from you?

But could it be that your focus has shifted to your want rather than to your Shepherd?

Instead of gazing into His eyes your attention is fixed on something or other?

Yes, we’ve all been there haven’t we?

But the psalmist believed that the Shepherd would supply all of his wants.

Every. Single. One.

And with that trust he rested in the care of his Shepherd

And so can we.

Have you lately been missing the joy

 that comes from resting in the care of the Shepherd?

Don’t wait one second more.

Return to Him today.

He sees. He knows. He cares.

Living like a sheep can bring tremendous peace of mind.

Can We Please Fast Forward This Change?

Have you ever wanted to fast forward through change

just to get it over with?

It often seems like the day to day change is almost more painful.

Years ago I changed careers.

After over twenty some years as a first grade teacher

I was moved by my awareness that my students were

getting older.

Married.

Raising children of their own.

They knew how to read and write but didn’t know how to have

a healthy relationship.

So I went back to school and studied hard

finally opening the doors to my private counseling practice.

I will never forget those days of waiting for the phone to ring.

Looking at an empty appointment book

Just longing for someone to call.

Change can be so hard.

Whereas in the past every year I was given a class of boys and girls

now I had to make my services known. And wait to serve.

I had to depend upon the Lord completely

and I sure did. But it was never easy.

Then there were the times I’d go to church or downtown

and someone would mention that I needed to be back in teaching,

or I had missed my true calling,

or imply that they knew best.

Sometimes I would try to respond graciously that I’m still a teacher.

Other times I’d just say something to get out of that situation.

But the truth was the change was hard for me as well as others.

We are more than what we do or where we live

Or our marital status

Or how many children we have.

Those all are aspects of our lives but life is filled with change.

Part of the transition is grieving our losses

and embracing the new.

Some of you reading this might be going through a transition right now.

Take time to grieve your losses

but also see the positives in today.

Praise the One Who is Lord of all of your life –

The past. The present. And the future.

Let Him lead you as you follow Him

through all the twists and turns of life.

Yes, through all the belly-flopping moments

where you wonder if you will ever be ok.

The Shepherd will provide for all of your needs

each step of the way.

Tenderly. Carefully. Ever so personally.

Lean upon Him and He will carry you through.

 

Psalm 23    The Lord IS my Shepherd