Monday, June 22, 2009

What Time i Am Afraid

A few months ago, the Drama Queen struggled with a serious problem. Serious in her mind anyway. She was terrified of monsters that she was convinced were lurking in her room each night. We tried everything to allay her fears, as I related in this post.

Then one day during our daily Bible memorization, I decided to teach her that verse in Psalms - "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee." (Psalm 56:3) I explained the verse to her and reassured her that God was with her always. He cares so much about her, and all she has to do is trust in Him to take those fears away. I told her to recite the verse to herself whenever she was feeling afraid, and God would help her to be brave.

Since that time, I have heard that precious verse whispered many times. Just the other day, she needed to use the bathroom in an unfamiliar place. She was afraid because it was dimly-lit and the toilets were very noisy. As she entered the stall, I heard her whispering to herself over and over, "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee." Oh to have that faith and trust of an innocent child!

I write this because I know that someone reading this today needs to hear it. Oh, this person isn't afraid of monsters or dark bathrooms or noisy toilets! But fear of the unknown or fear of the future or fear of being alone can drive us to anxiety and tears just as quickly as those childhood monsters can. I love you, my precious friend! Please know that at this time in which you are hurting and fearful, you can trust in Him. Maybe you will need to say it over and over again as my Drama Queen did that day. Most likely it will be said through many tears and unanswered questions. At your darkest hour, God is there. He is always there.

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee." Psalm 56:3


  1. Great post, Jeanette! I think we all need this reminder every once in awhile!

  2. I totally needed this today. Thanks sis. :) :) I finally clicked on over to delurk and leave a comment....

  3. How wonderful to be teaching these truths to your daughter and to then see her trusting in the Lord when she is afraid.

    I loved this post. Would you consider linking it up this weekend for my Weekend Thoughts carnival? It would be perfect!!

  4. Thats wonderful to have the words of God used so Practicly to sooth the soul. I bet the writer of this psalm rejoices everytime her trust is reafirmed with his words.


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