When my husband attended Bible college, we had two adorable little boys. Now, I have three sons, with one following in his father’s footsteps at Bible college. At that time, my oldest son was an unsteady toddler, just taking his first wobbly steps. My other sweet baby relied completely on me to carry him wherever we went.
My husband went to college during the day and worked from mid-afternoon until the early hours of the morning. So, we didn’t see much of him during that period. Since we only had one reliable car, I had to walk to church services on Wednesday evenings and church Soul-Winning on Thursdays. Thankfully, the church was conveniently located just across the street.
One Thursday evening, heavy snow began to fall, turning the streets icy and cold. As I peered out the window, the thought of working in the nursery for the soul-winning activity that night made me cringe. Hiding away from the freezing weather was not an option.
Our church was known for keeping its doors open, regardless of the weather. Rarely did we encounter conditions severe enough to cancel any activities. So, without giving it much thought, I prepared to face the cold and snow to fulfill my duty in the nursery.
Stepping outside of our apartment, I was immediately struck by how awful the weather had become. The main street looked slippery, and fear began to grip me. The last thing I wanted was to fall while crossing that busy street with my babies.
Just as I headed towards the curb, an elderly gentleman appeared out of nowhere. I was surprised that I hadn’t seen him before. Despite my initial hesitation, he had such kind eyes and seemed stable for his age. He offered to help me cross the street and even offered to carry my unsteady toddler. Still cautious, I glanced around to assess the situation.
To my relief, I noticed an elderly woman not too far away. She gave me a gentle, encouraging smile and nodded slightly, as if to assure me that I could trust this man. I assumed she was his wife. Suddenly, a sense of peace washed over me. I felt confident enough to venture across the street, knowing that God had sent someone to assist us.
In that moment, my fear was replaced by calmness. We made it safely to our destination. However, the weather had become so treacherous that our soul-winning activity for the night had to be canceled. Thankfully, a faithful couple from the church drove us back home, sparing us from the dangers of the street.
We all experience moments of fear and uncertainty. It’s during these times that we must turn to God in prayer and ask for His help. It may seem like common sense, but we need to take action with our fears.
We must cling to God’s Word and remember His promises. Let’s reflect on Psalm 56:3, which encourages us, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”
No difficulty or obstacle is too great for God to overcome. As we venture forward in the coming weeks and years, let us trust faithfully in the Lord and heed His Word.
Have you ever felt afraid, only to have God bring peace to your heart? I would love to hear your thoughts. Share your experiences in the comments below.
– Psalms 56:3
– Psalms 91: 11, 12
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