“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord they God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9 KJV).
Standing in the middle of our kitchen, I whined, “What if I get lost? There will be hundreds of cars in that parking lot. What if I can’t find the car after you leave and I’m ready to come home?”
My husband drew me gently into his arms. “Where is your faith?” He asked. He would be leaving in a few days with two hundred other World War II and Korean-era veterans on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. I was excited for him. I wanted to see him off and then welcome him home when he returned, but I have two phobias. I don’t like to drive, and I’m afraid of getting lost. Add to those a terrible sense of direction and his leaving from an unfamiliar city, and it lights the fire of a major panic attack.
“You don’t have to go if you don’t want to, Hon. I’ll understand,” my husband graciously assured me. “I’ll phone you when we are ready to leave and again when we return.”
But I wanted to go!
I thought about it over the next few days. “Where is your faith?” Kept spinning through my mind. Then one morning, the verse of Scripture in my devotional reading struck home. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7, KJV).
This fear was not coming from God. The verse I had read said He gives us a spirit of power and of a sound mind. Could I discipline myself to drive to an area I was unfamiliar with, brave a huge parking lot bloated with cars, and find my way home without getting lost? No on my own I couldn’t. But with God’s help, I could. And I would. And I did!
Thank You, Lord, for giving me a spirit of power and for helping me to discipline myself to do what I thought I could not do. Now I can testify to the truth of Jesus’ words in Mark 10:27: “For with God all things are possible.” To Him be the glory!
When our faith is in God, all things are possible!