I have heard that faith is the antidote of fear and that “perfect love casts our fear” (John 4:18). These aren’t inspirational quotes for me anymore; they are reality. Life can be scary at times, and the scariest thing I have ever experienced left my husband and me in separate intensive care trauma units for more than ten days.
The fear began when I woke up in our jeep long enough to realize we had been hit by a semi truck. I woke up frantic again minutes later to realize my husband was no longer with me in the jeep. I was told by rescue workers that he was already in an ambulance on his way to the emergency room. Waking one last time before my own ride in an ambulance, I realized my legs were still attached to my body but I could no longer make them work.
To say that I was full of fear is a gross understatement. For 10 days, I laid in a hospital room unable to move, wondering if my husband would survive and if I would ever walk again. Throughout this time, my mom never left my side; nor did she stop praying. She refused to let her fear be greater than her faith. And she refused to let fear get the best of me. In the midst of the unknown, I saw her strength and knew I could keep fighting.
I am blessed to say that I am able to walk again … and with my husband! Fear is a part of this life on earth, but our Heavenly Father knows that and promises to walk with us through that fear, always providing hope. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
When fear begins to overtake you (as it sometimes does), remember the peace that surpasses our understanding and calms even the most troubled hearts and the promise of hope.