The Beaver Dam
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 WEB
It was dusk dark and I was alone in the middle of a swamp we called the Beaver Dam. I had ridden my dirt bike over to my cousin's house that day. He stayed about four miles from us through dense woods and swamp. We had made a path to ride through the beaver dam to each others house.
We were both about ten years old, and after playing video games later than we should have, it dawned on me that it was getting dark. I had no headlight, so I started the journey home. Now riding through the swamp on a motorcycle at night alone with no lights was scary, but I soon found it could be made much worse.
The bike was a Suzuki RM80 that was professionally built and raced in motocross before I got it. I had paid for it by working in the tobacco fields, and it was the fastest in the community. There are bears and panthers in the area, and I could just feel one behind me. I kept glancing back into the shadows, and I would give the bike a bit more throttle each time. Before long I was almost wide open, and that was fast.
I was flying down the muddy, rutted path, and I forgot all about the canal ditch that I had to slow to cross. It was dark and I came up on it suddenly. I hit the far side of that ditch and launched way up into the air. As the bike and I were flipping end over end in a tangled mess, I was already kicking the starter to get moving. I landed in a huge pile of mud, rolled a few times, and took straight back off. I don't believe the wheels ever stopped turning. By then I was so terrified that it seemed that my life was flashing before my eyes. Thank God, I made it home safely.
The moral of the story is this: You can make a bad situation, so much worse than it really is. The more that you dwell on it, think about it, talk about it, the more that it will grow in your mind, until it will consume you in pure panic. I believe that was the most scared that I have ever been in my life, and it was all in my mind. I would have been perfectly safe to have stopped, built a fire, and spent the night camping. Don't let your fears snowball and consume you. Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Never allow your circumstances to deceive you into believing that God is not with you.
Remember: What you feed in your thought life will grow, and what you starve, will die. Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You cover me with Your peace, fill me with Your Spirit, and remove the fear and anxiety from me. Lead me into living a truly victorious life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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