MY SECRET FEAR
Read Isaiah 41: 9-10
The Lord said, “Do not fear, for I am with you.”
For many years I carried a secret fear that people would find
out that my family and I had once been homeless. The rejection
would refuse, explaining to them that one of the parents might
have seen us while we were living in the car or remember me
standing outside holding a sign that asked for food.
Fear crippled me, rendering me helpless. I wanted a
normal life and friendships with other people, but I was too
fearful that my secret would come out. One day in church, as
I sat in the last row so I could get in and out fast and not have
to talk to anyone, a man went forward to tell his story about
abusing alcohol and other drugs. He told the congregation
that Jesus had saved him and turned his life around.
I realized that it must have been scary for this man to tell
his story, but with Jesus by his side he had the courage to do
it. As I listened to him say, “I am not here alone; Jesus is with
me,” my own fear seemed to melt away. Two weeks later,
I told my own story to the congregation. Instead of being
rejected or seeing people turn away from me, I found the love
and acceptance of God’s family.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for always being with us, for
giving us a faith stronger than any fears. Amen.
Judy Ann Eichstedt (Oklahoma)
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES WHO ARE HOMELESS
Thought for the Day
Faith in God can
overcome all fear.