When I was about eight years old, I rode the roller coaster for the first time with my dad. Regardless of my dad’s effort to calm me down, I cried and screamed from the beginning to the end. I was so scared that the first time ride became the last one. I refused to ride on anything like that ever since.
I suppose I was a timid little girl, preferred a corner and quietness. Praises of bravery belonged to those adventurous, outgoing kids who could climb higher and run faster, whom I admired from a distance.
It didn’t take very long for me first to learn to trust God once I gave my life to Jesus on my dorm room floor in the first year of university. Because not only did I know that I could be fearful of many things, but also I realized I was a hopeless sinner. There weren’t many options for someone like me, except for what God said He could offer —- forgiveness of my sin and love and protection for me. I gladly accepted it by believing what He said in the Bible.
Least I knew that the moment I chose to give my life to Jesus and follow him, I was hooked on another “roller coaster ride” with my Father. The decision to serve God in a mission organization full time after graduating from university came naturally to me. Even though it was against all the odds considering the time and place I was living, it was no less than a privilege and honor.
When I told people I’d slept on an airport floor in another country alone, waiting for the early morning connecting flight to the mission field, they would often express their admiration for my courage. It seemed that I had become braver. Well, if the definition of bravery is to be left by myself on the height of the roller coaster ride, I would be utterly disqualified. I was still that scared-to-death little girl. But I had found God, and He promised never to leave me. So on that cold airport floor, I wasn’t alone. I knew God was with me, and I could feel an unexplainable peace, just warm enough for me to sleep through the night. I was in the loving arms of God. Perfect love drives out fear.
If you have read my last blog post, you would know that I’d been struggling with the fear of the coronavirus, probably like many of you today. But I’m glad to say as I’m writing this post and remembering all the adventures with God from the previous days, I’ve found more peace, courage, and less anxiety. The same God who has saved me from sin, difficult circumstances and my previous sickness is able to save you and me today.
The facts reported from the news these days are not the full picture. They aren’t the truth.
What is truth?
It’s that someone had walked on water by the word of Jesus, while the fact is that the density of a human is higher than the density of water, and you will be drowned unless you swim;
A teenage shepherd boy who was sick of the people’s unbelief and zealous for the glory of God, knocked out an over-two-meter-tall giant soldier with a simple slingshot;
An ordinary woman who had been barren her whole life, gave birth to a son promised by God at an advanced age.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, Truth and Life. “（John 14:6）
Dear reader, would you once again, give your fear of losing control or the unknown to Jesus. He is the living God and He knows what’s going on in the world and your life today. He has saved you from sin and eternal death. He will save you again, from however dark and deep the valley you are in today.
If you haven’t known His saving grace, would you consider praying this prayer with me?
“Dear Jesus, I realized that I’m a sinner, and I’m fearful of sickness, death, and _____. I repent of my sins today. I ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for dying on the cross for me. I need your love and protection. I need your saving grace. Please come and fill my heart with your peace. I surrender the rest of my life to you. Please lead me to know you more. In Jesus’s name, amen!”
Some scriptures for you to chew on today:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy1: 7NIV)
In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One! (Ephesians 16 TPT)