September 24, 2019

““Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10

This world is full of things to be afraid of, things that bring fear into our lives. On the news, on social media, and on our phones, we see and hear about all the terrible things that are happening in this world. It is enough to make us want to hide away from it all. But God does not want us to hide away. In the Bible we find words like ‘do not be afraid’ and ‘fear not’ over three hundred times. I believe God is trying to tell us something.

I used to be one that let fear control my life. I finally realized I missed out on so many wonderful things, because I was too afraid to try. I realized that I had to find a way to deal with the fear and not let it control me. One day when I was looking through my Bible, I came across Psalm 46:10, which begins with the words ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ These words deeply touched my heart that day. The more I thought about them, the more I realized I needed to “Be Still” and turn over my fears to God. As I sat with my Bible and meditated on these words, I envisioned myself wrapped in the arms of God. I could feel His love and warmth surrounding me, and I could feel all my fears slipping away. I was truly at peace.

Now, I wish I could say that one time of envisioning this and my fears over to God did the trick and I have no more fear. That is not the case, because I am human, and I still let fear get to me sometimes, but I now have a way to handle the fear. When I start to feel overwhelmed and the fear tries to control me, I stop, and I repeat the words, “Be still, and know that I am God” to myself.  I let the vision of being wrapped in God’s arms fill my thoughts. There is no better feeling for me than to feel His love and warmth surrounding me, and my fears slipping away.

Lee Ann Simpson, Administrative Assistant, Asbury Campus