STRUGGLE WITH FEAR
“That’s the right date!” Joanne shouted as she threw her arms up. The rectangle hit me square on the chin. I rubbed my bruise not realizing this game was more dangerous then I could ever imagine. Ouija Boards seemed to be the craze this summer. Aunt Ruby had one and now my friend had the game at her house.
I was staying in Albuquerque for a whole week with Aunt Ruby and her family. One of Dave’s friends had his driver’s license so we were going to a drive in movie that evening. It was good to be with Dave and my friends again. I had really missed Albuquerque.
“The fly” screamed in a squeaky voice, “Help me, help me.” Everyone else in the car was laughing at the horror flick parading across the large out door screen, but my heart was pounding and I was really fearful. After the movie I joked about it like everyone else, but when I opened the door at Aunt Ruby’s I felt uneasy. Everyone else was already in bed. Ruby had made up the couch for me to sleep on. I turned off the light and scenes of the movie began to play in my mind. I felt like something was standing over me. I bounded from the couch into Aunt Ruby and Uncle Bernard’s room. When I told her that something was over me Aunt Ruby assured me it was only my imagination. We left Uncle Bernard looking perplexed at being awakened out of a sound sleep and entered the living room.
“See Honey, there isn’t anything here,” My Aunt said kindly. “I’ll leave a night light on in the kitchen.”
I felt foolish, but what ever I had felt had seemed so real. Ruby returned to bed. I lay on the couch struggling to keep the fearful thoughts from my mind.
It was a struggle that lasted for over a year. I dreaded the dark and going to bed because my imagination was taken captive by fear. I told Mom
I was scared but she didn’t know what to say or do. I knew it upset her.
Years later, after I was born again, I realized how the Ouija Board had coincided with the fear. ("My people perish for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6).
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