Dealing With Our Fears When Letting Go Seems Impossible
Itâ€™s a story of faith-building trials and God-orchestrated triumphs. While the setting is a medical post in a remote African jungle village and the main characters two missionary nurses, their trials are not unique to their situation! Godâ€™s principles of dealing with fear are shared in these pages.
I had just turned from closing the shower door, after a cold but refreshing shower. Autumn showers could be teeth-chattering experiences due to the days on end with torrential rains and no sunshine. This particular day was not as chilling as some so my thoughts were elsewhere as I turned to head across the patio to the back door of the house. â€śThud, thud,â€ť erupted just behind me.
â€śThe panther!â€ť my heart shouted in my ears. â€śKeep calm. Steady your course. Donâ€™t turn around,â€ť my brain commanded my trembling lower limbs! My leg muscles were straining to run and thoughts pounded my consciousness, keeping speed with my rapidly beating heart! ...
I fought to keep my course steady, swinging and tapping my white cane. I thought I would never reach the back door. I feared I would trip over the well cover, as I distractedly strained to hear any sound behind me. I had recently learned that the panther is, perhaps, the most dangerous animal of the jungle predators, because he is a silent hunter once it has locked in on his prey. A lion will growl and raise his tail before he strikes, but the panther gives no warning what so ever. Furthermore â€¦ the panther will shred his prey, using all four legs at the same time. Some information is better left unknown!
â€śCalm and steady!â€ť I commanded wobbly legs.
Permeating every thought and every command was one prayer, â€śJesus, help me! I cannot do this!â€ť
(Excerpt from CHAPTER TWO â€śWhat is fear?â€ť)