Gift of fear...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Have you ever thought about fear being a gift? I'll give you a few examples of why I'm thinking on this..
When we lived in Lubbock in the late 70s, while my husband finished up at Texas Tech, we lived in an apartment about a block east of University right in the heart of Tech-land. It was a new complex, not fancy like today's complexes, but clean and nice.
I was cooking dinner and needed an ingredient, can't remember what. I walked the half block to the 7-11. The trip took me on a lighted "alley" adjacent to an apartment complex. I bee-bopped on over, purchased my item, and headed out the door. As I stepped out I had a fear come over me. I looked into the store and a man stepped away from the counter and stared at me.
Now, at this point I should say that this was before cell phones. What I should have done is walk back into a store filled with people and called home. What I did was wrong, I kept walking back to the apartment.
At this point I knew that there was someone behind me. Of course, I thought, there were always people walking that path, trying to reassure myself. I prayed for protection.
As I walked faster, the person walked faster. I started to run and as I got to the curb of the street a hand was on my shoulder. I jumped and God carried me across the entire street in one single bound. I landed on the other side and ran to the apartment.
The door was locked and I had not taken my key. My husband was taking a shower. The man stood at the curb and just watched me yell out for someone to answer the door.
I believe fear can be a gift to warn...
A couple of years ago I had a dream. In the dream God was showing me that a plan I had was not a wise plan. He showed me what was going to happen if I followed that path. The dream was crystal clear. I woke up with a fear, a warning, etched in my heart and mind. I did not listen because I had committed to the task at hand. It turned out exactly as God had shown me.
I believe God warns us when we listen...
About a year ago I visited every public school campus in Plainview. On one particular campus as I passed a room (I did not go in and I didn't know who was in the room) the hair on my neck stood up and I had a rush of fear in my gut. I continued to do what I was there to do. It was the weekend. All weekend God impressed upon my heart that I must report this feeling. So, on Monday I revisited the campus and shared this with the principal.
I believe God uses fear to alert us...
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Adelyn went to the park yesterday. She is so full of expression.
Look at the phone book NOW! My Fresh Find is this "green" purse...yup, made from a phone book!!! Kewl!!!