The subject of courage has been on my mind for a few days now and I just want to share an experience that a very courageous young lady went through recently. She has been tossed into the arena of having to face fears that would cause most folks to shrink in terror and give up. She is being brave and learning what John Wayne meant in his quote, "Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyways." How many of us have been going about our daily routines and suddenly the situation changes in an instant? You are shaken to your very core and placed in a life or death situation due to no fault of your own. I would dare say most of us have never had to face this type of fear ever. If you have, I would love to hear your story.
When I heard this young lady share her story, I was drawn to her and wanted to help in any way that I could because I too had someone try to steal my courage at one time. Sometimes when we go through "scarey" times, we need to realize that there may come a time when someone else will face something and we can help them.
She was at her job doing what she has been trained to do...help people. She is alone taking payment for rental storage units and moving trucks, when the unthinkable happens. Out of her peripheral vision she notices that someone is coming around the building with a hoodie up and a bandana covering his face. In that moment she knew this was not going to be good...she had no time to think before he was in her face and threatening her. He pulled the phone cord out of the wall and tied her up while he ransacked the money drawer leaving her in a puddle of tears and fear. Once he left, she was able to slowly take that first step of courage and go next door to call 911.
Knowing that God is with you during every moment that you face, is amazing. I know that when I faced my fear that night inside my apartment (caught someone trying to break in on me...looked them straight in the eye)...the first thing that I reached for in my mind was scripture (of course this was after I screamed at the top of my lungs for him to get out). I called 911 and then had to little by little learn to turn it all over to God. I was shaking with fear and immediately so angry at the intruder for putting me in this position.
If you have never faced this kind of fear, it is hard for you to understand why I say "little by little". We know our God is able, but we need to process what has happened and bring comfort and courage to our heart. What is so wonderful, God understands...that is why He gives us so many promises in the Bible to help us with that. What I went through late that night was awful, but when I think of the terror of being tied up and robbed...that had to be unbelievable.
The young lady that faced that fear of being tied up and robbed at gunpoint, had to go back to that same place of employment with courage that could only come from God and the prayers of those that love her. They have made some changes in some things that will make it a little safer for her...but basically she needs the courage that comes from knowing God is with her. It will be a process and she needs your prayers that the terror that she still deals with on a daily basis will fade away and be replaced with courage and strength.
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