Recently I have gone through an experience of fear when I discovered that I am claustrophobic. The panicky feeling stayed with me for several days after the event that 'enlightened' me, and I noticed how I felt unable to participate in life, and even short of breath and generally fearful - just from a bout with claustrophobia.
A couple of verses from the Old Testament book of Psalms have been encouraging and have built my hope as I have passed through this surprising time of extraordinary fearfulness on my part. They reminded me that, ultimately, my life and every event I encounter are in HIS hands, and though I may pass through extreme difficulty, HE will deliver me from the fear.
Psalm 34:4 (New American Standard Bible)
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34: 19 (New American Standard Bible)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
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8" x 10" mixed media on canvas