I do remember what it’s like to be scared. When I was a kid, I had quite an imagination about things in the dark or in the closet. As I grew older I realized that most all my fear was self-inflicted. I had to overcome my fear of the dark and situations in the dark. I still like daytime much better than night. I can see clearer in the day time. Fast forward several years and one of my work/study jobs was night-time security at my college. I had to go in the dark, out-of-the-way places to get a key to punch a clock to show that I’d been there. I had to face my fear of the dark again. It’s been a good long time since I was so afraid that I trembled. I’ve learned to trust the Lord with things I can’t explain or understand.
The Psalmist pens a cool verse speaking of the Lord’s power as the people of Israel left Egypt and traveled through the Red Sea and then crossed the Jordan River on dry land. Check this out…
5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?
Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
you hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the rock into a pool,
the hard rock into springs of water. (Psalm 114:5-8 NIV)
The Presence of God changes my circumstances.
The Presence of God changes my view of my circumstances.
The Presence of God brings calm to chaos and clarity to confusion.
The Presence of God erases my past, helps navigate my present and builds my future.
I’m amazed by life-changing power of God’s Presence in my life. I’d be wise to tremble in His Presence out of pure respect for His Power. He doesn’t want me to fear Him, but I think it’s wise to revere Him. He has all Power over all of creation, past, present & future.
I’m no longer super afraid of the dark, but I’ve learned to have a genuine reverence and respect to be in the Presence of Almighty God.