Let’s see. I took the kiddos to school. Went out to breakfast with the parental units. Took my dad to the airport. (Mom is staying with us a few more days. Hooray!) I went by our office, ran a few other random errands, and headed back home. But, when I walked into my house, I found my mom and my friend, Jennifer, locking the front door and debating their next move.
A disturbed neighborhood boy had a few moments earlier entered our house uninvited. My mom yelled at him to leave. He did, but immediately returned and tried to push the door back open. Mom and Jen managed to shut the door and lock it. That’s where I entered.
When I saw the young man trying to open a bedroom window, I dialed 911. This time, our 911 call would be legit. Unlike this time. When his efforts failed, he decided to try another window. My big, bad yellow dog stared him down, and he turned away. But not far away. Only to our front porch.
Where he lied down.
Yes. He decided to enjoy a warm, fall day on my porch steps. After he realized I was not going to serve him up some lemonade, he went about his merry way, lurking in other neighbor’s windows.
Three police cars arrived, and one officer wrestled the poor fellow to the ground and put him in the back of his car. My emotions vacillated between sadness for the young man and fear. I was saddened that the boy was not being properly cared for.
And, I was fearful to learn that he lived across the street from me. And, my children.
Without delay, I surrendered those fearful thoughts to God. I prayed that my Savior would capture every thought and every fear that was not from Him. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be more aware of my surroundings. I will. But, I will trust in the One who says that He, “has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
So, when the enemy comes at you with fear, remind him of who you are. A child of God. Bought with a price. Redeemed and forgiven. Hidden with Christ in God. Seated with Jesus Christ. More than a conqueror.
You are victorious. Because, He has made you that way. Can I get an Amen?
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10