Fear: To be uneasy or apprehensive over (an unwanted or unpleasant possibility);
A continuing state or attitude of fright, dread, or alarmed concern: to live in fear.
Devotion for Fear
We’ve heard it said, that we have nothing to fear, but fear itself. That’s not entirely true, is it? We know from life experiences, that there is more to fear. The following is an example of the real things in life, real dangers and real evil that exists in this world.
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. My husband and I had taken our daughters to the mall. Of course, we had to stop at the pet store to look at the puppies. The store was crowded, but we were able to make our way to the window, so we could see the adorable puppies. Our youngest daughter, who was two years old at the time, was standing between my husband and me, as we were laughing at the puppies playing. In a matter of seconds, our lives were turned upside down! A parent’s worst nightmare, our daughter was gone. Our oldest daughter, who was only nine, my husband and I immediately, ran through the store looking for her. At first, we thought she may have gotten lost in the crowd of people in the store, but she was nowhere in sight. My mind was racing as anxiety was quickly changing over to panic. We ran out of the store, and to my surprise and horror, the mall was completely empty, except for a woman that was sitting on a bench. I asked her if she had seen a little blonde girl, so high, wearing a white top and a red skirt. She just shook her head no. Our oldest daughter and my husband both ran in one direction of the mall and I took the other. I can still feel the hopelessness of seeing nothing but empty stores, as I ran around each one. After checking all the stores to the right, I ran back into the mall, where I met my husband. He didn’t find our little girl either. My prayers were quickly becoming more like desperate cries. When all of a sudden, I saw our oldest daughter running toward us, bless her and praises to God, she was carrying our little girl. Something told her to run to the complete opposite end of the mall, where she began to hear someone screaming. It was her sister! There was a small crowd of people that had gathered around a man that was trying to leave the mall with a little girl and she was screaming and kicking him. Turns out, that small crowd of people was a small band of angels! Our oldest daughter is fearless . . . pushed her way through the crowd and yelled at the man, “What are you doing with my sister?” She grabbed her from him, as he tried to say that she was lost and he was just trying to help her. The mall we were in is a massive one. Our daughter was missing less than ten minutes, and it would have been impossible for her to get to the other end of the mall in that amount of time. This all occurred shortly after Adam Walsh went missing . . . from the same mall.
Do I understand why God spared my little girl? Do I understand why he answered our prayers, but not the prayers of the Walsh family? No, I am just so thankful that he did. Can I still feel the fear of that day? Yes, if I allow myself to relive that day, I can still feel the overwhelming fear, desperation and emptiness. Do I praise God for that day? You bet, if it were not for God and his divine intervention, my arms would have been empty that day, and each day that followed. That day also taught our family to be even more watchful and even more protective. People have often told my husband and me that we are over-protective with our children. We just look at each other and tell our story. We do not believe that you can be too protective, when it comes to your children and their lives. As Benjamin Disraeli said; “Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.”
Fear is a strong emotion that can best be described by this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; “It is the strange fate of man that even in the greatest of evils, the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.” Long after a traumatic event is over, the feelings continue to revisit us. The only way I can deal with the haunting reminder of that day, is not to think about it. When I find my mind traveling back to that day, I stop . . . I don’t have to relive that day anymore, because it didn’t end the way the devil intended! Let your faith be bigger than your fear!
“What I have feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
“Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary;”
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
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?
When I am afraid, I trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”