Faith-Filled and Fearless

Contributed by Micheal Woods, executive director of Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (Ashville, N.C.) Reprinted with permission from The Beacon newsletter.

When I was a little boy I had an experience that marked me for years. I was at a clothes store shopping with my mother and grandmother, and like most kids I thought it was fun to slip in and out of the clothing racks. Although I was only feet from my family, I had a moment when I could feel invisible. Then the unthinkable happened. I emerged from the racks to find they had moved on to look at clothes somewhere else.  

I'm not sure how it happened, but I went from being feet away to being fully lost. To make it worse, the woman who realized my situation and tried to help me had dark black hair and wore a black dress—in my little mind, this was the way a witch looked. So the only person talking to me was the definition of what I believed to be evil.

Somewhere along the way, God taught me a truth that changed me so I don’t have to have fear any more. In Isaiah 41:10, the Lord tells us, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” God says, “It’s okay, I’ve got you.” And that changes everything.

Throughout Scripture, God reminds us that He has us and if we are with Him, we can be driven by faith and not crippled by fear!