When I am Afraid

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

I’ve had a few experiences lately that have me turning to this verse. When Mark and I started a family, we had a particular Christian artist we loved to listen to over the years. His name is Steve Green, and he’s put out a couple of children’s albums that we obtained for our children. They used to listen to them often—along with his other songs. Steve’s songs are based on scripture and are fun for children. The one that comes to my mind is Hide ‘Em In Your Heart. There are two volumes, and I highly recommend them for your kids or grandkids if you have them. It helps them to learn fundamental truths from the Bible in a fun way.

There is a song on volume one based on Psalm 56:3-4 that has stuck with me to this day. You may find it funny that a pastor’s wife, who grew up in a pastor’s home and in the church, has had a children’s song be so influential in her life these past several months.

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 
In God, whose word I praise—
In God, I trust and am not afraid. 
What can mere mortals do to me?

Even without a pandemic, life can be challenging and scary. People hurt, are sick, lose jobs, and much much more. How can we hope to survive?

A few months ago, I went through a minor surgery where I had to be completely still and awake. I was scared. It was possible cancer, and I knew it was going toComforting my daughter hurt. I’m not a stranger to pain but could do very well without it, thank you very much! The fear of possible cancer was also looming in the back of my mind.

As the procedure began all I could think about was “When I am afraid, I will trust in you!” Of all the things to dwell on during that scary operation—I was hearing a children’s song and those words in the back of my mind. “When I am afraid, I will trust in you—” over and over again.

When are you afraid? I think there are times in my life when I live moment to moment in fear. Fear is a real and powerful emotion. It’s This little girls best friend is a therapy doghard to overcome when it pops up in challenging situations. Fear will dominate all other thoughts and try to bend your behavior and responses to its will.

I know you won’t believe it, but I’m a reactionary person. (Is that a thing? I think that’s a real thing.) Instead of giving careful thought to the situation, I just say out loud what comes to mind, and, typically, I reap unfortunate consequences.

I wish with all my heart that the Lord would slap duct tape over my mouth when I’m about to share my “valuable wisdom” instead of thinking first. Please! Someone tell me I’m not alone!

I haven’t arrived, yet, at spiritual or even human maturity and occasionally come down with a bout of “Foot In Mouth” disease.

You know we’re not the only ones with this problem. Many people in scripture were the same as today—impulsive and reactionary—Moses, Jephthah, David, Peter, and Thomas, to name a few of the better-known characters (okay, maybe Jephthah isn’t as well known as others). Peter walked on water, cut off someone’s ear, and even denied Christ. Talk about impulse with no regard for consequences! Christ loved him anyway and forgave Peter despite his shortcomings—this brings me great comfort.

So, I guess I’ll continue to quote that short passage to myself and to others that will listen. I continue to mess up and ask forgiveness, and I continue to trust in You, my Heavenly Father! Where do you place your trust? I can recommend someone Who never fails!

In the meantime, share this song with your kids, and God bless and keep you all.

3 comments on “When I am Afraid

  1. Great message. Can definitely relate.

  2. Love this! It is so spot on especially during these troubled times. We serve a mighty God who is always in control but sometimes we forget that. Thank you for this great reminder ❤️

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