“Come this way,” said the voice.
“I can’t, I’m afraid.”
“Do you remember the promises?”
“Yes, but it’s the unknown that scares me.”
“Do you trust me?”
“Then have faith in me.”
“It’s not you that I have a problem trusting, it’s him over there. Look at him, he’s big and looks powerful. He might devour me if I leave this spot. I want to go with you but it’s all so unfamiliar. This spot, this place I know, I know it well. The good the bad and the ugly happened here and nothing ever changes.”
“Are you tired of running?”
“I’ll give you rest.”
“What if I find myself trapped again?”
“I always provide a means of escape.”
“You’ll never leave me?”
“Nor will I forsake you.”
“I remember praying with my mother years ago when I was a child and she said all I had to whenever I was in trouble was call upon your name. Tonight I did just that when the fear was so overwhelming it almost swallowed me up. My usual means of escape of turning my mind off didn’t work this time. But right now instead of fear I feel a sense of incomprehensible love that is filling this room, this spot, this place.”
“Yes, I will follow you.”
“Now, look child at the thing you were so afraid of.”
“Is this the thing that had me so scared? It was just smoke and mirrors making it look
bigger and scarier than it really was. It is absolutely laughable I will never fear again. Love really does cast out all fear.”(I John 4:18)
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