Dealing With Our Fears When Letting Go Seems Impossible
It’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! God’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. “Thud, thud,” erupted just behind me.
“The panther!” my heart shouted in my ears. “Keep calm. Steady your course. Don’t turn around,” 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 … the panther will shred his prey, using all four legs at the same time. Some information is better left unknown!
“Calm and steady!” I commanded wobbly legs.
Permeating every thought and every command was one prayer, “Jesus, help me! I cannot do this!”
(Excerpt from CHAPTER TWO “What is fear?”)