When I was in college I lived in an old house with three roommates. The house had a detached carport, and in order to get out to my truck, I had to walk from the back door down this sidewalk next to the poorly lit garage. The garage was a nightmare if you dared to enter. It was filled with a ton of junk that the four of us lazy college students surely weren’t going to clean out.
Every time that I went out there at night I would walk a little faster and my heart pumped well above its resting rate. I mean who isn’t afraid of the dark? Plus there could be ghosts and zombies and cockroaches out there! Ok so maybe I wasn’t the toughest college kid, but I figured that I was fast enough to outrun a zombie, so that must count for something.
I was working for a small, rural church at the time doing youth ministry and worship leading. I remember coming home from church one night and stepping out into a particularly frightful evening; lots of strange noises and such. As I climbed out of my truck, I was nervous about the walk to the house when I remembered the scripture that we studied at church. It was Psalm 27, which says:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27 (NRSV)
I remember climbing out of my truck and as I shut the door; I heard a twig crack behind me. For whatever reason, I dropped my bag and sprinted toward the house screaming, “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION; WHOM SHALL I FEAR!!”
There was no one behind me. I was the one who stepped on the twig.
Not my most courageous moment, but as silly as it was, I felt incredibly close to God. I was (possibly irrationally) terrified, but nevertheless my fear was real, and in that moment I was comforted by these words of the Psalmist. I don’t know how you are doing today; if you are in a great place, or if your life feels like it’s falling apart around you. Wherever you are today, I hope that my silliness made you laugh and I hope that you find comfort in the Lord.
Unfortunately the Ghostbusters aren’t real, but as Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Have a wonderful week my friends,