No Need to be Terrified

Lanita Perez 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

Terrified - cause to feel extreme fear.
"the thought terrifies me"
synonyms: petrify, horrify, frighten, scare, scare stiff, scare/frighten to death, scare/frighten the living daylights out of, scare/frighten the life out of, scare/frighten someone out of their wits, scare witless, strike terror into.

Do you remember a time when you were terrified as a child then realized later you had nothing to be afraid of? When I was preschool age my brother who is 8 years older than I would often turn off all the lights in the house and sneak around quietly scaring me over and over again (pure torture). The last time that he scared me he would always tickle me until I could hardly breathe. When my brother played this game with me I was always so terrified. The house was so dark that I couldn’t see anything. I would crouch down low in places I thought my brother would never find me. I tried to slow down my breathing and make very little noise so that it would be harder for him to figure out where I hid. I’m not sure what scared me the most; the darkness or the fact that he always found me?

I know that my brother loves me and scaring me as a small child was just fun for him as a 12 year old boy. He always looked after me with kindness and thoughtfulness unless he was playing the “scare your little sister in the dark game”. Every time we played the game it ended with him tickling me and I was always so relieved to see the lights come on and to see his smiling face. I knew that he would never hurt me and he would always protect me, so I don’t know why I was always afraid.

I grew up with 2 brothers. Both brothers were loving and genuinely good to me. They were always great at encouraging me. My eldest brother passed away over ten years ago and losing him was another thing that terrified me. Although my brother is no longer here I see my love for him hasn’t changed. I still remember him and love him as if he were still alive.

Paul says in God’s word that nothing can separate us from the love of God. This scripture I meditate on when I struggle with fear and uncertainty. I remember that God is still in control and knows everything even when it’s dark and I can’t see my way or what is coming upon me. When I trust Him in whatever happens then my fears calm. Nothing can separate me from the Almighty; neither darkness nor death.


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1. Carol McKenzie wrote:
I LOVE to read your devotionals! Much of the time, they are exactly what I need to hear at that moment (God is good like that). Your heart for God is very encouraging to me!

Fri, July 10, 2015 @ 3:44 PM

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