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Topic: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL (don't write about the song) (04/02/15)
- TITLE: The Greatest Freedom
By Hannah Gaudette
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There was a gnawing, aching feeling inside of me as I looked at the clock. Where was she? Five minutes late was one thing – twenty was another. But, what can I say? I was afraid of everything! Going to the mailbox alone, not knowing where my parents were every minute of the day . . . you name it! My mom and dad tried to tell me those kinds of fears were unhealthy, but it just didn't sink in for a nine-year-old.
Now I was twelve-years-old, still clinging to those fears, and harboring a new one. I was very afraid if Mom was late after going shopping. We weren't a cellphone family so I had nothing to do but pace the kitchen and gawk at the clock.
And so it was on that late-spring morning when Mom was late. She was now thirty minutes late. I couldn't concentrate on my spelling so I got up to look out the window, watching the few and far between cars go by. None were ours.
I started pacing the kitchen floor, probably wearing holes in it. My heart started racing, my thoughts galloping like a horse in the Derby.
There must have been an accident! I thought.
Now I was crying, trembling, and my hands were sweaty. I couldn't get the horrible thoughts out of my head; reason meant nothing. My fears had reached an all time high. Finally I sat down at the table. I was shaking all over and my hands were still sweaty.
It's a demon! a voice, small but clear, rang out in my heart.
I looked up. Yes! It had to be a demon! Regathering myself, I declared, “I rebuke you in Jesus' name!”
That was all it took. In that instant, I started weeping uncontrollably. When I finally stopped sobbing, the hideous fear was gone. I was filled with peace, faith, and acceptance . . . but not fear. I was free!
My mom returned ten minutes later. She told me the reason she was late was because she had made an extra stop. My heart swelled with thankfulness to God. Fear like that had no longer any place in my life. That is one of the greatest freedoms of all!
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