RELEASED FROM FEAR
When school was out we left Albuquerque for the summer. Deryl was working on a road construction site near Delores Colorado. We rented a two-story house. It had a large cherry tree in the back yard and a clear, sparkling stream ran close to the yard.
I met a neighbor girl my age. My family decided to go on a picnic on Saturday. I invited my friend to come with us.
Friday night, as I thought about the picnic, I remembered Ray’s drowning and I became panicky. I had the same sensation of something over me ( as I had at Aunt Ruby's house after the scary movie) but this time I felt like it was choking me. I ran into Mom’s room where she gave me a shot of her whiskey.
When we did get to the picnic site on Saturday, there was only a creek…no deep river to fear.
I was an avid reader, and with not having many friends in Deloris, reading filled my time. I was looking through the paperback books, in the local drug store, when I found two about Jesus. What was interesting, they were based on stories from the Bible. Mom bought them for me.
I had still been fighting fear but as I read about Jesus I realized I wasn’t afraid any more. I even stayed up after everyone else went to bed and read and slept downstairs. That summer Jesus seemed real to me and I thought about Him a lot. And with the thoughts of Jesus…the fear left.
And I was able to sleep.
(post note…there is an old song…
WHEN JESUS COMES, THE TEMPTERS POWER IS BROKEN
WHEN JESUS COMES ALL FEAR HAS PASSED AWAY.
HE TAKES THE GLOOM AND TURNS IT IN TO GLORY…
FOR ALL IS CHANGED WHEN JESUS COMES TO STAY.)