When Fear Takes Over
by Susan Sage
“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?
The handle of the closet felt cold to my skin. I began pulling ever so gently to the right. The slide creaked. I stopped. My next breath came ragged and unsteady as I tried to pull in air. I tugged on the door again and finally just yanked it open.
I slid it closed and repeated myself with the other door.
As I took a step toward my bed, I began a slow crouch till one knee touched the floor. Then I lowered the other knee and bent ever so slowly until my head touched the ground. With careful movement, I reached my hand to the bottom hem of the bedspread and began lifting … lifting … half inch at a time until I could see the shoes and dust under the rollaway bed where I would sleep.
I stood up and pulled the covers back then slid between the cool sheets wiping the drips of sweat from my face on the cotton covered pillow.
I repeated this exercise many times over my young life at my grandparent’s house. Just because something or someone wasn’t hiding under the bed the night before, didn’t mean it was safe to just go to sleep without checking.
And then there were birds. After seeing a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie about those flying creatures, which I never should have watched at the age of ten, seeing a mass of them sitting on an electric line always caused my heart to race.
It is one of the devil’s greatest weapons. Many situations arouse fear. It might come from a movie or book. But in today’s world, it can also emanate by watching the news.
Yes, there are many things that could cause anxiety and distress making the blood pressure soar. We live in a crazy world where evil seems to run rampant.
Fear is the enemy. God even told us to remember that He didn’t give us a spirit of fear but rather of power (II Timothy 1:7) and love and … get this … a sound mind.
I believe that fear is a byproduct when I allow my own mind to run wild.
As that child who had to check the closets or under the bed or who watched birds hovering and wondered how quickly I could run to safety if they dive-bombed me, my own thoughts were the culprit.
Though it’s important to face fear and its reality, I don’t have to give it power by wasting time worrying about whatever is causing a spike in my heart rate.
What I do need is to take the details of fear to God. After all, He is the One I say I trust. He is in control. He’s given a wealth of words to help me out of moments of panic or trepidation. He tells me to be strong and courageous because He’s always with me (Joshua 1:9).
Did you ever wonder why the devil works so hard to keep us afraid? It’s because if he can keep my mind, your mind, wrapped up in worry about any number of things, we will remain distracted from the truth God gives us. The One who loves us immensely gave us tools when He said to take every thought captive for His glory (II Corinthians 10:5) or to put on His armor (Ephesians 6).
Fear does nothing to glorify God. It glorifies Satan instead.
I don’t want that. I don’t believe you do either.
So, when we feel the anxiousness rising, let’s get into God’s word and ask Him to show us the verse needed for combatting the attacks of the enemy in that moment. Our heavenly Father will give us exactly what we need when we ask.
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
You can read Susan’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.