Love Casts Out Fear
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but full-grown love, perfect, complete and whole, casts out fear. For fear has punishment, and whoever is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is set on You: because he trusts in You.
One night as I lay in bed trying to memorize Isaiah 26:3 before I went to sleep, hoping I could fall asleep with it in my mind. I woke up at 2:30 in the morning feeling something brush across my face, I reached up to swipe it away with my hand and it disappeared into my ear. I was still thinking it was a dream, but the bubbling sound soon alarmed me to full consciousness. I got up and started shaking my head like you would to get water out. Then I put some alcohol on a Q-tip and stuck it in my ear. That was a mistake, I didn’t know what it was, but now I could tell it was mad. I started moaning in fear as my imagination had it borrowing through my eardrum and into my brain. My husband heard enough to get up and see what was wrong. I grabbed him, trying to remain in control as I shrieked, help me something is in my ear, get the vacuum!! Thinking he was getting the vacuum, I turned toward the sink, took a breath and tried to calm myself while the infuriated bug was moving faster and faster against my eardrum. In a moment of calm, I opened my eyes and saw a bottle of tea tree oil right in front of me. I’d put it there earlier that morning. I stuck in another Q-tip and just went around the outside of my ear canal, and an earwig fell out into the sink. My husband, standing behind me the whole time, quickly picked it up and crushed it between his fingers. The proof that I wasn’t just having a nightmare was flushed down the toilet and we headed back to bed. I had to sleep with earplugs the rest of that night, and I felt a little disillusioned. Aren’t we supposed to have guardian angels? I was meditating on Isaiah 26:3 when I went to sleep, why would God allow me to have such a “terror” in the night.
Psalm 91:5 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flies by day.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the Lord said, He it is that doth go before thee (He’s gone ahead of you), He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: Fear not, neither be dismayed (don’t break down).
I argued with God that it was humanly impossible for anyone to have perfect peace when they think an earwig is going to burrow through their eardrum. But Isaiah 26:3 kept returning to my mind each time I disagreed. finally I understood that God does not ask us to do anything “humanly possible”. It was when I thought my husband was taking over to help that I calmed down and it was that moment of clarity, or presence of mind, when I saw the bottle of tea tree oil directly in front of my face. If my mind had been set on God, knowing He goes before me, He is my shepherd. He already knew I would be unharmed, but even if my worst fear had happened, He had prepared me, “set my mind on Him”. After that experience I believe it is possible to have perfect peace, whether it’s public speaking, getting that dreaded phone call of bad news, or some catastrophe. Our flesh may still react, our adrenaline may still pump, our heart may still pound, but we can choose to trust Him.
He has promised us His perfect peace that will even surpass out understanding if we set our minds on Him. Philippians 4:7
Mark 5:36 … “Be not afraid, only believe.”