by Cindy Mapes
God is your refuge, do not be afraid.
When I was growing up, my mother always had a night light in our bathroom. Enough light to see so you didn’t bump into the walls but not too bright that it prevented me and my sisters from falling asleep.
Today, I still have a night light, the kind that comes on when you turn off the light. I’m not afraid of the dark, but it is like a security blanket. I won’t wake up my husband on my nightly visit to use the facilities by going in and turning on the overhead light. I shut the door, then turn on the big bright overhead light. I am not afraid of the dark, and I know where I am going, but it still bothers me if all the lights are not on.
Does this night light have something to do with knowing my mom did this for me, feeling the same comfort I did as a child? Is this light my refuge? My security blanket?
Psalm 91:2 tells us to take refuge in Him, and verse 5 He says you will not fear the terror of the night. When we talk about fear, it seems like the dark is often referenced. What about fear of meeting new people? Fear of driving alone for the first time? How about being afraid that a loved one will pass away? Fear of speaking up in what you believe in? Fear for our country and the virus and the new President?
Deuteronomy 3: 22 says “you shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.” Psalm 34 tells us “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” And, Isaiah 41:13 states “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand: it is I who say to you ‘fear not, I am the one who helps you”
We can often find comfort in our Bible verses, favorite parables, and devotionals with our church friends and youth group. I was in a youth group in high school while living in Amarillo. I always felt awkward praying in front of others and was afraid they would make fun of me. I wasn’t a Bible scholar. But, my friends encouraged me and prayed with me. I wasn’t afraid. I knew my friends would support me and encourage me to open my heart and just speak. They said, “these weekly devotionals don’t need to be fancy or professional. Just speak about your love for Jesus and the rest will come.” So, in closing, I will share my love of Jesus with you, my friends. I know He is with me. I talk to him daily asking prayers of comfort when I am worried, giving thanks for my health, giving thanks for my family, and lifting up my friends that are hurting.