This past Friday I heard some terrible news that sent me into a whirlwind of thoughts. Robbers broke into an orphanage in Kenya murdering a fellow YWAMer, leaving behind his wife and 2 small children. (See article here.) It's horrible, horrible news, and I can't even pretend to know what his family is feeling.
My mind began reeling with thoughts, and I recalled our break-in incident that happened just over 2 years ago. It was the worst feeling in the world to know that someone broke into our home while we were sleeping and stole such valuables as my computer and a truck. I don't think the reality of what could have happened but didn't hit me until the security company showed up. One guy said, "You must have had angels watching over you." That's when I realized that they didn't take the most valuable possessions in our house...my husband, my 2 kids, my brother-in-law, and our friend who lived with us. I am so thankful for God's protection.
That incident produced so much fear in me that I had to walk through for a while. Fear is such a paralyzing thing. It can easily grip us and overpower us. We live in an unsafe world where evil is present, but I can't let fear dictate how I live my life.
My situation is nothing like what happened to these missionaries in Kenya, but hearing this terrible news makes those fears bubble up to the surface again. They can and will paralyze to the point of disobedience if I'm not careful. I know I'm talking about fear regarding safety, but fear can come in many forms. My challenge for you today is to walk in obedience to God and give your fears to Him. Don't give them the power of holding you back from being radical, which simply translates to being obedient.
My thoughts should in no way water down this tragedy. Please pray for the Kremer family as they walk through this very difficult time.