Fear is a primal response. According to Northwestern Medical University, “fear is our survival response.” Some people thrive on fear while others try to avoid fear at all costs.
As a 6th grade teacher, my sense of fear was heightened when a parent of a student began stalking me. I had watched movies and read books that had a stalker, but not until I had a stalker myself did, I understand the anxiety that could take over my life.
As a Christian, my response should have been to go to God immediately in prayer. But my human nature took over, and I tried to control it on my own, only to find out a new security system would not bring me peace.
My stalker inserted himself into my life with unwanted texts, sitting outside my home in his car, and following my son on his way to school. My body’s physical response was anxiety, lack of sleep, heightened emotions, and a lack of trust.
God’s word says, “Fear not, 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.” So, I began to picture my Jesus walking with me wherever I went because I knew he was with me.
Do you have something in your life that makes you feel like you are losing control? A job loss? A health diagnosis? A marriage or relationship that isn’t what you hoped it would be?
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares upon him because he cares for you.”
That verse is so simple but powerful. The verse doesn’t give us a list of cares God will address and not address. He simply states you cast ALL our cares on him. It’s not a request; it’s a statement.
Through prayer and trust in my God, I was able to loosen the grip of fear in my life during one of the toughest times in my life. God can provide that safe harbor for you as well.
Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Stacy Leicht grew up loving animals, nature, and books. She worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy curriculum facilitator for fifteen years before becoming an adjunct professor and then a supervisor in the Education Department at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Stacy lives with her husband, Rick, and their rescue dog, Bella, in North Carolina.
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Thank you for sharing your story, Stacy! Being stalked will certainly cause stress and fear.
I hope my readers experience God’s love and understand He cares for us and can handle any situation that arises.
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