I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word.
Today the word prompt is … Fear.
It is an emotion experienced by us all on any given day. Maybe not every day but certainly, it is not an emotion unfamiliar to any of us.
I seem to do well during the daytime hours. I am occupied, doing those activities which my awake hours present to me on a daily basis.
But it’s those quiet and still nighttime hours where fear lurks. Often I get out of bed in the hopes of tiring myself out to the point of being able to return to bed and drift off to sleep easily. I know if I grab a book or my Bible, sit and absorb the words before me, my eyes tire.
Or so I thought this is what occurs until the other night …
As I sat reading the very words before me, they brought comfort and an ease to my mind. I was able to get in bed, falling asleep quickly but not out of sheer exhaustion.
“Fear” as defined by dictionary.com is “a distressing emotion”. It encompasses more than being afraid. I read the words before me again:
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
(Psalm 34:4, NLT)
He brings freedom, in the stillness of those sleepless nights, He frees me!
And I am free to fall asleep – not from exhaustion but from peace which the truth of His Word brings to me.
“For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.” (verse 7, NLT)
As I lay before Him those distressing emotions, He brings sleep because I fear Him. As I pray and recognize Him for who He is, coming in reverential awe, He guards my heart and mind bringing the rest I need.
“…but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” (verse 10b, NLT)
As I lay my fears before Him,
I lack no good thing …
not even sleep.