In 2007, I had a haunting conversation with a friend who is not a beliver. As he shared his thoughts and fears, I sensed his fear crawling over me like some clawed creature, causing me to shake.
After my conversation with him, I found myself researching what we had discussed. I found out that he was not alone in his fear: it was a possibility in many people’s minds (now even on my own).
I felt faint as the fear wrapped itself around me to choke my peace.
I remember someone saw me pass by and immediately knew something was wrong. She asked me what the matter was, but I avoided the issue.
Over the next few months, I found it hard to focus, to have conversations, to sleep, and even to eat. I tried to avoid all thoughts and all exposure to the object of my terror.
At nights, when it became dark, I felt a sense of doom and wondered whether this had been the last day ever.
Then one night, I prayed to the Lord. I said, “If you would only speak to me tonight and tell me that you will fulfill what you said you will do, then I would be at rest. Speak to me, Lord; I need you to speak to me. I know you can do it.” Then I fell asleep in the dark.
That night I had a dream. I saw nothing but brightness, as if it had been painted with oils on a canvas, and there was some darkness near the borders. Then I heard a voice speak.
When I woke up, I immediately knew and believed that the Lord had spoken to me. I said, “Thank-you, Lord! Thank-you!”
I did not remember word for word what the Lord had said, but I remembered enough to recognize the Scripture.
Isaiah 46:9-10, KJV
I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
I realize this verse may seem to you like a very random verse, completely unrelated to what was going on in my life at that time; but it was actually at the heart of the matter with which I was struggling.
Over the next several days, I was filled with joy and peace. The feeling of fear was completely gone. For the first time in several months, I could be outside and look up without feeling vertigo or fear. I felt alive and full of hope. I felt ssfe in the Lord.
The Lord had realesed me from the hold of fear through faith in Him and in his word, and the enemy’s fiery dart had been quenched.
Tonight, I am simply rememering this experience. I think that from time to time, it is good to remember what the Lord has done in our lives and what He has taught us (as I am editing this post, I realize the connection of this experience with something the Lord has been showing me over the last few days: all praise be to Him!).
Questions for Reflection
- What fears or doubts are you facing?
- What do you think is the source of those fears and doubts?
- Do you believe the Lord can overcome your fears?
Pray with Me
Lord God, I thank you for all the times you have helped me and for all the times you have spoken to my heart. Continue to speak to me as you please, for in you I find joy, hope, and peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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