Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fear Had Me Trembling

Have you ever been afraid?  

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.
                                                       Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Do you recollect any time in your life when you were gripped by fear?  Sad to say, I have experienced many sleepless nights because of dreaded fear.  I allowed doubt to slip in and rob me 
of all my strength.  

I even remember as a child, how I was alarmed by fear at times.

My grandfather was a farmer....oh yes, he farmed acres and acres of tomatoes, potatoes, and peas of all kinds.

Many family members helped in making sure that the crops were harvested, but not me!  Evidently, I was not good a good farm hand........ job was to stay home and watch after my little
brother, who was only 6 years old at the time.

This wasn't a very hard job at all....but at the time, I thought it was slave work.   My mom, sister and older brother (who helped my grandfather) were usually home by noon, and since Joe and I always slept in, this only gave me about two and half, maybe three hours to be the responsible party of the household...

One morning around 9 o'clock or so, I was busy doing my chores, and as always....Listening to the radio!  I loved listening to the radio as I worked......On this one particular day, my radio suddenly quit playing.   What?  I went to check the little brown box and what I saw, scared me to death....   It was unplugged!!  WHO?  Who had unplugged the thing?  I gently plugged it back in and went on about my business....

A few minutes later the radio stopped playing again......As I glanced over at the plug, I could see that the cord was on the floor...unplugged again!!  FEAR had me trembling!  My thoughts? Someone (ELSE) was in that house!

I immediately went to the living room, grabbed Joe by the hand and headed out the door....Just so happens that there was a quilt sitting on the sofa....I grabbed it as well...

For the next 3 1/2 hours, Joe and I sat outside, on that quilt, under a big tree....AND, IT WAS SO HOT OUTSIDE!!   Joe had no idea what was going on, and I was thankful that he had some trucks outside to play with....If he wanted a drink....he got it from the outside water hose.

I'm telling you....I was scared to death, but I didn't want Joe to know because he would have been scared as well....

I thought my mom would never get home......

When she did arrive home, she could tell that something was wrong with me....After telling her my story, she gave me the biggest  hug ever....I instantly felt safe.   We walked into the house and the first thing she did, was to tell me that I had nothing to be afraid of.
The  reason the cord kept falling out of the plug, was because the prongs were worn down and did not have a tight fit that was needed for it to securely stay in the socket....

I will never, ever forget that one summer's day!!

We have no reason to fear because God's word says that "HE is with us"  Our part is to rest in HIM and to let HIM sustain us.  
God does not fail!!  We need to lean on HIM and trust HIM to 
take care of us....





Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fear has a way of reaching each of us at one time or another. May today be a day filled with love for you.

Barb said...

Hi Shug!

Cute story - isn't it funny the way we react to fear, it can really disable us! I love that you just went outside, but protected your sweet little brother....very sweet!

Have a wonderful, safe week!


Melinda said...

Fear is part of life and because we are human we get to experience it. Each of us deals with it differently and learn from it as you did/do.

Take care.


Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Oh what a story - this sort of thing has happened to my kids - sometimes it's hard to trust! Then when we do and great things happen it's so wonderful!
Mary x

Kimmie said...

We have nothing to fear but fear itself ;]

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a story. Glad that had a happy ending. Your mother sounds like a wonderful, warm person. My mom was never warm or loving like that, so you were blessed to have had that experience.

Grace said...

Thank you for sharing that story. I was completely "there" with you and your little brother...probably because I have been through times like that too.

Thank you for connecting the dots for us between that day in your personal life history and all of your Reader's ' today's and tomorrow's.

Blessings to you and yours.

In Him,

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Shug, I have had to confront fear many times. A couple of times that I'll never forget happened when I was young. I was afraid of the dark for many years as a result. Of course, I finally got over it with God's help!

Pam said...

Wow! What a story, and I've been there! However, it is important to master fear and feel free in order to get things done. All we have to remember is that God is with us and will sustain us, just like you said. I love coming here for inspiration and admire your faith.

Gina said...

What a great story. I can relate to it because I have been gripped by fear more times than I would care to admit.

Michelle said...

Kimmie stole my comment!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cute story ---and one which we all can relate to I'm sure, in one way or the other... Fear can GROW---and we can make that fear get bigger and bigger...

Luckily, I don't have alot of fear. However, as I've gotten older, I do have more fear than I did when I was young... I don't have a fear of dying ---but have a fear of living without quality of life and being a burden on someone....

BUT--I try to turn it all over to God.

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