Specks of light reflected off the waters and sparkled around the gigantic room. Thousands of eyes were focused on the girl reading her testimony, the story of how God had worked in her life, before a pastor would baptize her. I stood in the background waiting for my turn. Today I would tell the church about how God had changed my life through his fatherhood.
But just before my friend in the baptismal was submerged, fear gripped my heart. What was I thinking! Reading my personal story in front of at least two thousand people – strangers and friends?! Most had never heard my story before or didn’t even know about my parents divorce. How embarrassing. I wished I could melt through the floor and give the pastor a last-minute excuse, but it was too late. The crowd was clapping enthusiastically for my friend and people were signaling that it was my turn to step into the baptismal pool. Even if I wanted to, there was no chance of turning back now. I took in a short breath and shakily walked down the slippery stairs. I uttered a desperate cry, “Oh God, please be with me!”
Instantly my fears vanished like they had never existed. As I walked to the front of the small pool and took the microphone from a smiling pastor, I knew unmistakably that God would be with me. Already I could feel the peace of his presence.
Read God’s promise to us in Isaiah 41:10: “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God has promised to be with us! There is no reason to fear, because God has given his word to help, strengthen, and uphold us. What do you fear? Are you ready to trust God with that fear? Make a habit of seeking your Father’s presence in your life because he will help you to overcome your deepest anxieties.
Comment and tell me, have you had a similar experience to mine where God has miraculously removed your fears?