This article is a follow up to last week's Band-aid Application.
As a little girl, many nights I lay in bed afraid of what might lurk in the shadows - the monster under the bed, the vampire in the closet, the snake between the bed and the wall. Of course, all were figments of my imagination but even imaginary fears can paralyze.
One night, I remember my mom came to my room and found me afraid. She told me about a Bible verse that says, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee." She couldn't remember the reference but I found it later as an adult; it's Psalm 56:3. And yes, I learned it in the King James Version, complete with “thee” at the end.
She suggested as I lay in bed afraid, I repeat that simple verse until I fell asleep. I tried it; it worked. That became my routine every night I lay there in fear. I'd repeat "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee" until my fears were comforted. Honestly, I still use it today and it still works, even though my fears are no longer monsters and vampires. I am still afraid of snakes but not that they hide between my bed and the wall.
Continuing with the Band-aid thought from last week –
That verse, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee,” became a Band-aid I could apply when my fear paralyzed me. The Bible is full of similar band-aids!
As I said earlier, the Bible is full of these Band-aids. Here’s the thing though – they don’t do any good if we don’t apply them! If we apply God’s Word, it miraculously heals our hurts, insecurities, doubts, and fears.