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June 11, 2018

No Fear

By: Carolyn Fraiser [Brevard, NC]

My hands shook as I hung up the phone.

The voice on the other end didn’t sound familiar, but it had to be one of my friends playing a joke on me, right? The alternative was unbearable: someone was watching me.


I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!”
Psalm 91:2 (CEB)

When none of my friends admitted to making the call, fear took over. My muscles tightened. My heart pounded. I could not breathe. I was away from home on a college visit, with no one to protect me. I lay awake all night. Never before had I felt so vulnerable and alone. Even God seemed far away.

The next morning, I turned on the local Christian radio station. As I listened, the announcer began to pray that God would protect the life of a student who had been threatened. In his prayer, he quoted Psalm 91, a welcome reminder that God was with me, even in times of danger.

I never learned the source of that frightening phone call, but now I know that God will never leave me. When I am afraid, I can trust that I am safe and secure in God’s presence.


JOURNAL: When has your safety been threatened? Who helped you find a place of safety or a sense of peace? How was God a source of strength when you were afraid and vulnerable?


Reflect

Our experiences—good and bad— shape us, but they do not have to define us. We can find ways to feel safe. We can talk to people we trust to help us move toward healing and even forgiveness. No matter what happens, we can allow God’s love to fill us and to make us whole.

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