|Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 6
Controlled by Fear
“Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked,
when it cometh.
For Yehuveh shall be thy confidence,
and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
|anya stood quietly with her brother, Phil, beside the front door while their dad walked through the house, checking behind every door to make sure there was no one in the house to harm them. Not until they heard the “all clear” from Dad would they be free to scamper to their bedrooms and get|
|ready for bed. This happened every evening that their family arrived home after dark, so neither of the children considered it unusual. Dad was just making sure they were safe.
But years later when Tanya was grown and locked in such fear that she could not even get out of bed at night to use the bathroom across the hall, she began to realize how unnecessary and unnatural this intense anxiety was. While respecting her father and the deep paranoia with which he had struggled his whole life, she nonetheless had to find a way to release this unnecessary terror. It was to be a struggle that would take years, but she determined she would not live in fear—she resolved that by prayer and through Scripture, she would have this victory.
Tanya little realized how paralyzing the fear was while she lived under its shadow, but as step by step she yielded each specific concern to Yehuveh and was freed from this “monster,” she knew a freedom she could never have imagined. The nights became friendly and she was able to walk outside and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. The public places were no longer “hostile environments” and she could focus on the people and interesting situations that so frequently comprise public concerns. Her own home was a “safe place” day and night. She could return home without fearing that someone was waiting there “to get her.” The freedom and rest were profound.
How did Tanya get from her early training to the peace of heart that truly let her live without needless fear? It started one day while her own infant son lay sleeping in a cradle beside her “reading chair.” She read the words, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” That was a tall order, but it gave her a starting point. She bowed her head and ask for this deliverance. Over the next several years, Tanya chipped away at her trained fears. This verse became her watchword. If she had to walk outside at night to pick up a purchase left in the car, if she was involved in a challenging social situation, if she merely needed to get out of bed at night and use the bathroom, these words came to mind: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” Psalms 56:3.
One evening Tanya was staying alone in an older motel on the outskirts of Atlanta. It was well past 11:00 p.m., but things were not well in her life and her whole being cried for a prayer walk in the open air. The motel sat above a busy four-lane thoroughfare that skirted that part of the city, her the only potential walking place. Without hesitation she pocketed her room key and stepped out into the balmy August evening. A praise in her heart and prayer circling in her thoughts, she walked along the roadside for more than an hour working things out with Yehuveh in her mind. Never once did it cross her thoughts to worry about the danger which surrounded her—for in reality there was little real danger posed by these quiet surroundings. With a peace of heart she could never have hoped for years before, she walked in the tranquil night until her soul found rest in resolution, then she returned to her room and slept.
Originally Written: 20 September 2005
Latest Update: 30 January 2010
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