Has there ever been a time when you have been scared for your life?
Just a few hours ago, a man broke into my house. One of my roommates was out and the other had been downstairs when he entered. Without a cell phone nearby, she ran out through the front door and drove to her sorority house on campus. All the while, I was upstairs in my room falling asleep to sounds of what I thought was my roommate downstairs.
When I got the call from my roommate saying that a man was inside the house and that I needed to lock my door, time froze. As I sat on my bed, the definition of fear was personified by the refusal of my heart to beat, the shallowness of my breath, and the inability to move.
As I locked my door—my lacrosse stick in hand—I sat at the base of my bedroom door. While listening to the comforting words of my angel and best friend over the phone, I was overwhelmed with certain words of Truth. The words of Truth that came to mind were Isaiah 43:5--“Fear not for I am with you” and Matthew 10:28--“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."
Even with an intruder in one of the rooms next to me, I knew God had surrounded me with Guardian angels. His love and the prayers of many rested upon me, and I remained in the assurance that whatever happened next would be His will.
Even though my breath is still shallow and my heart is pacing rapidly, I know that God, my refuge and my strength, is wrapping His loving arms around me. Snuggled deep within those strong and loving arms tonight, I will find rest.
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).