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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: Step Into the Sunshine
By Rhonda Clark
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Sally pulled her teeth across the side of her lip. Taking a leisurely walk down the block sounded inviting, but the thought of stepping outside her door caused a cloud of fear to surround her soul and constrict her throat. Her breathing grew shallow as she labored to pull air into her lungs. Pressing her hand against her chest, she backed away from the window and into the safety of her dark den.
She dropped into her easy chair and waited for the suffocating sensation to subside. For comfort, she turned on her constant companion and searched for her favorite television program. None of them seemed appealing, so she clicked off the television and switched on the lamp beside her. A Bible on the table caught her eye. Relief flooded her as she lifted the book up. Just caressing it in her hands gave her a bit of peace. She began to thumb through the Scriptures, not looking for anything in particular. Many passages caught her eye, but soon, she lost interest and moved to another. Then a verse in John leapt from the page.
I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
Sally squirmed in her chair. This verse kept coming up in conversations with her daughter Virginia. In fact, her husband, Jed, had used it a few times too. She knew she shouldn’t be living inside this cave because she was a daughter of the King, but the world was such a daunting and foreboding place. The cloud once again put a strangle hold on her throat, but before her skin could begin to tingle with panic, her quivering fingers flipped the pages. She found herself in Jeremiah staring at these words:
For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
A curtain of conviction settled on her heart. God created the world, and He wouldn’t create something intended to harm her.
She stared at the covered windows that prevented light from invading her home. Her mind searched to remember the last time they were open. She couldn’t remember. Before anxiety could stop her, she dashed from her chair and began to raise the blinds—to allow God’s light to enter.
She stood in the middle of her den and watched the light chase the darkness into the crevasses beneath the furniture. The light felt good. It gave her a sense of joy, and a sense of confidence, but opening the blinds wasn’t enough. She wanted more of God’s light to fill her.
Sally took baby steps toward the front door. It appeared large and looming, but when she placed her hand on the smooth wood, it became small and reassuring. She traced the grain down to the brass doorknob. The constricting sensation she’d felt earlier was starting to return, but a new, more powerful sensation prevented fear from overwhelming her. This new sensation Sally identified as courage.
For a moment, Sally held the doorknob and allowed her courage to build. When she felt sufficiently bolstered, she opened her front door and stared through the glass paned screen. Fear crept up and gripped her heart once more as she placed her hand on the handle.
She closed her eyes and forced the fear to the pit of her stomach as she drank in the warmth of the morning sun.
“I can do this. I really can. I can step into the sunshine,” she said with a tremble in her voice.
Her hand twittered as she pressed down on the latch and opened her door. Hesitation filled her, but she took her bare foot and placed it on the woolly welcome mat. Then she placed her other foot beside it. It had been such a long time since she felt this rough scrub under her feet. Tears of triumph filled her eyes as she stared into the blue sky.
Sally felt God’s hand come out of heaven and touch her face. A soft whisper in the wind said, “Welcome back into the sunshine, My child. I have great plans for you.
I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. John 12:46 NASB
For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NASB
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