by Danielle N. Hall
(Originally written as a Facebook post on 2/23/2016)
About 10pm last night there was a knock at my door. I missed it because I was in a deep sleep thanks to that good ol’ muscle relaxer. The next knock came and I faintly heard it and then was fully awakened by my sons. When I got to the door, no one was there. Apparently, Maurice had already looked out of the peep hole and saw who was at the door before I got there. From his description, it certainly was no one I knew. Anyway, after that, I was a bit unsettled and had trouble getting back to sleep. A bit of anxiety had kicked in, but I soon thought of two things: that God has NOT given us the spirit of fear and I remembered that Vanessa Williams had posted this scripture on multiple occasions…it was Psalm 4:8 which reads as follows: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”
I uttered God has not given me the spirit of fear, I have power, and my mind is sound. Then, I read aloud Psalm 4:8 and immediately felt a sense of peace and was soon able to return to sleep.
I have no idea why the person came to my home…perhaps it was the wrong door, or maybe not. All I did know is that it was out of the normal. When I reflected on that moment this morning, I thought: “Why is fear our initial response when our normal is disrupted?” I can’t answer that at this time, but what I can tell you is that God is faithful and in His word you can trust. Even though our norm may be disrupted, we can trust that He will guide and protect us. If we learn His word, speak it over our lives, and apply it, then we experience victory…