Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Send in Reinforcements

I thought I had gotten past the bug phobia. I don't mind big bugs. It's the teeny tiny hard-to-see ones (like fleas, ticks, lice, mites) that send ripples of terror through my heart and mind. I know. It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. This week proved that Satan can still use these small things to put me into a tizzy, literally freezing me in my tracks with fear. Fear is one of his favorite tactics.

I had a run-in with a bunch of deer ticks last week. Now these critters are minuscule—barely the size of a pin point! Our area is polluted with them. I ended up with more than a few tick bites from hauling old cardboard from where it was stacked against a stone wall. Let’s just say I was a bit paranoid after that!

So when our cat Watson bolted out the door after a stray cat in the yard last night and ran full blast into the tall weeds and brush surrounding the back of our house, I came to a screeching (literally) halt at the edge of the woods. I could not set foot in that overgrown jungle where ticks thrive.

When we found him three hours later he was polluted with, you guessed it, deer ticks. Thankfully he likes to be vacuumed. We ran the cleaner over him thoroughly and then combed through his hair with a flea comb. The whole time I was in a state of near panic. I was not very patient with Watson and even yelled at Dick. Total meltdown. It was not a pretty picture.

How could I let fear take over like that? God’s Word says God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Satan had the upper hand and I definitely was not experiencing a “sound mind”.

What I need when I am overcome by paralyzing fear, is someone to talk me down from the precipice, to restore my perspective, and reassure me that God is ultimately in control. I am so very thankful for a loving, indulgent, supportive husband who puts up with my craziness during these times.

In truth though, I need to turn, not to Dick, but to Jesus, even before those fear-filled situations occur. God’s Word can speak peace to my anxious mind, help me see the situation against the backdrop of all of life (not just that terrifying moment), and can give me example after example of God’s control in the lives of His followers.

In a post on her blog Debbie McDaniel shares 33 verses on fear that are really helpful to read often, commit to memory, and draw on in times when extreme anxiety slams into us out of nowhere. I am going to “bookmark” that page and work on reinforcing my armaments against future unreasonable fear.

Does fear and anxiety ever grab you by the throat? Are there other areas of your life where you need reinforcements against the burning arrows of the Enemy? Studying Scripture on that topic NOW can prove invaluable next time your nemesis lurks around the corner.


©2016 Pamela D. Williams


  1. We all have something, and we all get tested.

    When the economy tanked around seven years ago, things got bad. Fear ruled the day, especially for those of us with businesses. I was no exception.

    I studied so many verses on "fear" that I've lost count. I never really grasped words like, "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." What I come to realize is that when we fear, which we're told not to, we disrespect and make a choice not to revere or fear the One who either causes or allows all things.

    Wisdom from God is the only way for us to have peace in this flesh.

    I'm not saying I'm an expert, but I get it more now than I did a few years back.
    I'd say we're on the same page, sister. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Floyd. "When we fear, which we're told not to, we disrespect and make a choice not to revere or fear the One who either causes or allows all things." Wise words, my friend.

  2. Its funny. I've never had a tick but have seen them. I have no desire to have one so I have avoided some situations which could have made me another tick statistic. :) I wish I had been that aware of dangerous situations the enemy was setting me up for. Good words Pam.

  3. Oh I'm not a fan of any of the creepy crawly things. Big or small things have a way of appearing much larger when viewed through the lens of fear.

    1. So true, Wanda! The lens of fear is a high-powered one, but we have One whose power is greater!

  4. Yes, yes, yes, there is one certain things I fear the most at my age. It is the aging process itself, that I will get down and cannot get back up physically. I have had a knee, ankle issue lately that has given me great pain. It seems surgery could be the answer but there is all those negative reports out there that I could be left worst off. Not afraid of ticks, even though I know they carry a disease that could cripple for life and even kill a person. I have battled the fear of getting older before and only the scriptures gave me comfort. He will not forsake me as I age, I will not have to beg bread when there is not enough funds to live on. Find me someone who fear nothing and we will know we have met the Lord. Only He has no fear, and His love for us cast out all fear. Thought provoking post.

    1. Aging is not for the faint of heart, Betty! LOL! I think that is a fear most of us have to overcome in order to truly keep on living.

  5. Pam, I know of what you speak. I am often *gripped* with fear, paralyzed by "what if" thoughts and worried about frightful outcomes. I feel your pain. In fact, my honest truth is that I avoid going outside because we live high up in the mountains and forests, and I am terrified of getting Lyme's Disease. Every time I see a deer drink at our water trough, I think it's really cool. But I don't want to venture into that area. In fact, I just bought my husband an outdoor camera, so that he can take photos of what might be visiting our yard at night. He wants me to help him install it today - yes, right by the water trough. I'm already panicky...

    Fear is crippling. And I am in a season when it is especially powerful. Life has brought some out-of-control situations which have me reeling. Rather than chastise my faith, God has been kind and compassionate, and is quietly bringing His courage to my heart.

    May He continue to do so as I battle...


    1. I have read on your blog about your struggle with fear, Sharon. I knew you would understand what I was going through. :)