The first week I lived here I was scared. There are no big city lights, so when it gets dark here it gets dark! As I was overcome with fear one morning, thinking I made a mistake to come here, and that I should go back to Maryland, God said: “look out the window, see that green grass, hear the stillness? It’s what you wanted!” Wow,I can’t explain it, but His voice spoke to my fears about this place and made all that fear go away in that moment and I have felt safe here ever since. I have been thanking God ever since for this safe place to live, thankful that this place is so peaceful and quiet, and that I can go walking and feel safe.
Last night I stopped to talk with a neighbor up the road, she shared with me some stories of things in this area that were scaring her and her daughter. Her daughter is so scared she won’t even take a shower till her husband is home, but she has decided that she won’t let fear go that far in her life, but she’s still scared. I could feel fear residing there with them. Fear will gladly move in wherever he’s allowed to dwell.
Today on my walk, as I thanked God yet again for this “safe place”, remembering that conversation, I realized that Safety is not a place! Safety is not a town, (for the ladies) it is not in having a strong man by our side, and it is not the light of day. Safety is in God! His protection over our life, and that He surrounds our life with His Presence!
But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.