Sometimes we’re all lacking courage
When I’m facing something I dread, I don’t like to go to bed. Why is it that a courageous lion goes to sleep and a shivering puppy wakes up at 2:30 am?
I’m not at my best in the middle of the night. Reason leaves and fear or anger or whatever my reaction du jour is, against whatever I’m facing, takes over.
My problem swells from a small stream to an uncrossable river.
Once I had to do something I dreaded. I don’t know why it bothered me so much because I had done similar things many times. This one scared me, though.
I began to wake up in the middle of the night with anguish attacks. I fought it. I prayed and cried out to God for help.
One night I woke up with a snatch of a song I didn’t know, running over and over in my spirit. I honestly believe the Holy Spirit was singing it inside me.
“You are faithful, God you are faithful.” Night after night when I woke up to the taunting of fear, this phrase from my song repeated itself over and over. “You are faithful, God you are faithful.”
God took care of the situation and I lived (evidently). But what stuck with me was the fact that God gave me a song to replace my dread.
I suspect I’m not the only one who ever dealt with night fears. Listen to the this testimony written over 2500 years ago.
“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)
Courage. So often I lose it. God is the fear fighter in my life, though. He gives me the promises of His Word. He strengthens my heart when I buck up to face my fear. He sings for me: “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah (Ps. 32:7, NKJV) Continue reading