Sunday, June 22, 2008

Afraid - Very afraid....

There are things that make people afraid. Things like having to take a test. Scary movies. Roller coasters. Visiting the dentist. Speaking in public.

Then there are things that make people
very afraid. Such as physical attack, facing a loss of freedom (i.e., going to jail), losing your security (your home or your income), facing death of a loved one (or your own, for that matter).

Yet it seems that there are some people who don't scare very easily. For example, a friend of mine got a phone call from her husband asking her to get him at work and take him to the emergency room to be seen by a doctor right away. He hadn't been feeling well for a few days, and his coworkers wouldn't let him drive anywhere.

Now, most wives would kind of freak out a little bit if they got a phone call like that. Not this chick. She was perfectly calm. She even threw some humor into the situation. "Worst case scenario, I get to his job and he's dead. At least he works at a mortuary..." (Turns out his blood pressure was out of whack. He's going to be OK.)

What makes her different? Why wasn't Ms. Chick
very afraid, like she should have been? She's got a strong faith in God. There's a verse that she clings to in times where she should be scared out of her wits.

The Lord is my light and my salvation -
Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life -
Of whom shall I be afraid?

- Psalm 27:1

This verse reminds her that the God she believes in is able - more than able - to protect us and accomplish His will, and that God keeps His promises to walk alongside of us, even when we don't sense Him. That's one Awesome God!

And one awesome woman. Maybe someday I'll be like her.

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