Yesterday we traveled from my son’s and his family at Saffron Walden to west of Kettering. I had found an isolated place on a wildcamping website specifically for motorhomes. So far it had not let me down. On the A508 between Maidwell and Draughton was a recommended place, a small car park on the national cycle track no 6. Well it appeared affluent and peaceful, however it was late evening and pitch black dark when we arrived. The trees provided an extra umbrella of darkness.
Bertie would still need his tea and his walk. There was no light at all, no orange glow from nearby towns streetlights, just dark purple hues and inky black swirls and projections. For the fainthearted this was not an ideal place.
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, which he wrote from a prison cell as great encouragement, chapter 1 verse 7, he writes ;“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love, and of a sound mind. “
There are many scriptures written in relation to the subject of fear and anxiety, and it is up to ourselves to study the scriptures and apply them to our daily lives. I reminded myself of this verse to repel any pressing in of fear. I needed a good night’s sleep too. Praying the scriptures is also an important way not only of professing them but of committing them to memory.
We woke early, refreshed , Bertie hungry for breakfast, me hungry for studying God’s word. Later we went for a bike ride down the cycle route, I had seen a sign that said “ Kelmarsh Tunnels” and was intrigued. On the way there, a friend messaged me to ask if I could do some teaching to Nepali pastors next month!
My mouth was as wide as the tunnel that stood in front of us. A metal gated 480 metre unlit brickbuilt tunnel. Pitch dark with a tiny chink of light at the other end! Nearly a third of a mile!
Of course I couldn’t do any teaching, I wasn’t capable, just like I couldn’t make it through this tunnel, I couldn’t do either on my own.
But the Holy Spirit is inside me, and through Him, in Him, I can do ALL things !
It was so, so dark! I really struggled to focus on the tiny aperture of light , thinking of Jesus and focusing completely on Him. I accepted the invitation with relish.
Overcoming fear is only possible to me, in His strength, praying with thankfulness about every concern.