Over a year ago, when Ebola was wrecking havoc in Africa, and causing fear in people across the globe, Rachel and I had a heart-to-heart talk. She kept complaining of stomach aches and since I could not find a physical reason for them, I started asking her some questions. We had A LOT of changes coming up, and I was sure that was the problem.
Nope. Not the problem.
Instead, it was fear from all the reports of Ebola and the Entero-virus. She said every time she hears “Ebola” her “stomach feels wavy” and she doesn’t know what to do. But this is what convicted my heart and almost made me cry…
“I know I am not supposed to be afraid, Mommy. But I don’t know how to tell Satan to get away. Have you ever felt that way?”
More times than I can count, my sweet baby. More times than I can count.
And I had no idea that during our first year in Thailand I would have four separate times when fear would seem to have a choke hold me. That doesn’t even include the time I cried the whole way home on the scooter!
When God tells us in 1 John that “fear hath torment,” He wasn’t kidding! Isn’t it sad that Christians often walk in fear instead of Faith? Think of everything we have to let go of in order to hold on to fear.
Out goes peace. You can’t have peace when you are afraid of what is lurking around the corner.
Trust. How in the world can you trust God, when you are afraid of what might happen next?
There is no more rest. You are too busy being anxious and worked up to truly rest in Christ.
What about comfort? The God of all comfort wants to soothe our worries, but our hearts are too tense and tight, rejecting His comfort.
Thankfully, the Lord has helped me walk through the fear, and each time my faith and trust in Him have grown.
Matthew 10:31 “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.