My husband and I recently returned home from vacation in Florida. Here’s one of the fun pictures I took at Sea World. But believe me, a good portion of the trip wasn’t so much fun.
Our second day into the drive down, my husband got violently ill. I suspected food poisoning, but I wasn’t sure. We have the kind of phones where it costs to go online, so I couldn’t research anything. The hotel provided internet, but I wasn’t able to actually get it to work.
Poor hubby spent a good portion of the night in the bathroom. At first fear gripped my heart. By then we had made it to South Carolina, and I had no idea where anything was. I suspected we should go to the hospital when his fever rose and he became delirious. He said he’d be fine.
My mind whirled. What if it’s a stomach bug and I catch it too? All I could picture was the two of us sick in a hotel room. What a way to spend a vacation.
But then…God’s peace settled on my heart. I knew that whatever we faced I could trust Him. While this particular verse didn’t come to mind then, it is one of my favorites.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 – NIV)
Whatever our circumstances, we can choose to throw off fear and walk in God’s peace. That’s what I chose to do that night. In fact, I fell asleep and slept through the night, resting in that peace.
How about you? What do you do when gripped with fear? How has the Lord provided for you?