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Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)
- TITLE: Just Trust Me
By Tiara Huffman
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I was four years old and didn’t understand what was going on.
“And why do I havta have this dumb mask on anyway?” I said struggling to pull it off.
My mother shrieked as she secured my mask over my mouth and nose once again.
“Because,” she said. “There is an outbreak of the swine flu I don’t want you getting sick! We are here to get you a vaccination—medicine—that will keep you from getting it.”
I remember kicking my feet back and forth pouting in my head.
I don’t wanna take no yucky medicine! I don’t wanna get no gross shot! Why did I havta get some dumb shot and wear this stupid mask? I ain’t gonna get sick! Jesus told me so!
“Stop kicking! Now just sit still Zavior! The doctor will be with us in a minute.” My mother scolded.
I hadn’t known it but at that time, my mother was letting fear take hold of her when faced with the epidemic of the swine flu. All I saw was that horrible needle piercing my flesh to disperse a vaccination that I had no desire do have. Fear is an emotion I often saw my mother express, though it was one I never understood.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
Psalms 23:4 Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
His word is true; I had never had any reason to doubt it. So I had often been baffled by my mothers fear when something dangerous came our way. That was until I was faced with the most soul shattering experience.
It was just a normal day. My wife and I, with our little Zion were at the bank—to make a deposit into her college fund—when masked men rushed in, firing their guns at the ceiling. Announcing their unwanted presence. An outbreak of sheer panic and terror ripped through the bank and everyone in it.
“Daddy!” I can still hear my little girl scream. I can still feel the blood chorusing through my veins, faster than you’d ever think possible as the unshakeable fear and adrenaline rush through you and all you can think is: No! This can’t be happening.
I wish I could say I was brave, strong and faithful to believe that God would see us through. But I was parallelized with fear as I watch the masked men storm through the bank, firing at will. As I watch the masked men take the life of my wife and daughter.
For a while that was all I felt. I was angry with God, how could He let that happen to them? How could He let this happen to me? When I, Jennelle, Zion and had been so faithful to Him, why wasn’t He faith to keep us safe?
One night with the weepings of a broken man I heard this verse, whispered across my soul.
Jeremiah 3: 14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the LORD, “for I am your true master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion.
I had walked away from God because I had lost all trust in him that day. But God wasn’t done with me yet.
Psalms 84:7 Their strength grows as they go along until each one of them appears in front of God in Zion.
Zion: The high place.
In the midst of my pain God reached out and said trust me, trust me. I’ll never leave you, I’ll never forsake you. Just trust me. And I will bring you to the high place.
In the Chaos is fear. In Jesus is peace.
So, when faced with a sudden moment of fear, remember.
Our God is in control, just trust him.
Author note “trust me, trust me. I’ll never leave you, I’ll never forsake you. Just trust me” is lyrics to Steven Cutris Chapman’s song God is it true. All Bible verses are Amercan Standard Version except Jeremiah 3:14 is Net bible’s version. Zion name meaning: highest point.
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