Sudden Terror: A Repeat Incident

Heading to the pumpkin patch each Fall is an annual event for us as I am sure it is for most of you. However, I did not expect something that happened last year at the pumpkin patch to happen again this year. Below is a picture from LAST year of my son, Robbie, with a bee casually crawling on his hand…

And then there’s THIS year that is quite worse in my mommy opinion…

 

Yes, that is indeed a bee crawling on his lip. And just in case I wasn’t sure last year that he was not afraid I am now completely convinced that he is totally unconcerned about the sting that bees are capable of delivering! I however felt exactly the same as I did last year about the entire scene. So, in honor of this repeat incident I am re-posting what God revealed to me as a result of last years adventure…

Do not be afraid of sudden terror… (Proverbs 3:25)

…Be Still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)

My husband told my son awhile back not to be afraid of bees. He instructed him to just stay calm and the bee would not bother him. I had to take a picture to keep myself busy because it took everything in my mommy blood to keep from batting that bee away. I watched in awe as Robbie stood motionless and completely unafraid. When the bee landed on him he peacefully observed it crawl around and eventually fly away.

Amazing.

Being from Texas I’ve had my fair share of surprise insect run-ins. As a kid I can’t tell you how many times super-sized, stealth-like, buzzing insects have launched an attack mission on pig-tailed, bike-pumping me. I’m no stranger to poisonous scorpions, spiders, fire ants, chiggers, mosquitoes, swarming wasps and of course bumblebees.

I’ve had a tick removed from my head with a match and… brace yourself… I’ve even flushed an unsuspecting, disgusting cockroach out of my ear with full-blast faucet water in the middle of the night.

Let me just say it for you…EWW… the thought of it still makes me cringe. I slept with earmuffs for a very long time after that and I am convinced that I suffer some mental instability due to that one incident!

Needless to say I really dislike all things buggy and especially all things stingy. To this day they still evoke sudden terror in me. I know… just bugs, but still I don’t like them.

But what about things that really threaten us? Unexpected things. Like…

losing your job or your home

unforeseen health problems

sudden or accidental death of a loved one

you fill in the blank… the list goes on and on

Life launches surprise attacks on us every day. Are you prepared to enter into the unpredictable and do what your heavenly Father instructs you to do? Can you be unafraid? Unmoved? Do you trust Him in the midst of sudden terror?

We know well that He is at work and that He will lead… but we must wait and see.

He’s proven to us that He is our comfort and our refuge in times of trouble… but we must stop and seek.

Because in our sudden terror when we wildly react in our own strength we often make matters worse.

When a bee lands on me I break into a crazy dance, arms flailing, body shaking and I scare the bee… provoking it to attack… I make it worse. He tells us to be still and unafraid for long enough to remember that He is God.

It’s a TRUST thing. A FAITH thing. It’s a GOD thing.

I want it all, don’t you?

By the way, this is my handsome bee charmer minus the bee…

Linking up today with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday, Internet Cafe Devotions for Word Filled WednesdayWomen Living Well and Women in the Word

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19 Responses

10.26.11

Hi Heidi – great post and great analogy. You had me giggling. So true when sudden terror grips us we do the flappy arm thing and make things worse instead of being still and trusting God. Thank you for the reminder to remain calm because of Him. Thank you too, for linking up with me on Winsome Wednesday, I really appreciate it
God bless
Tracy
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10.26.11

This was a beautiful post!

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10.26.11

wow amen thanks

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10.26.11

He IS a very handsome young man! This truth is so true, Heidi! My husband and myself are in some of those times right now with recent job changes and trying to stretch our dollars so I can still stay at home. We are even making it with one car right now, in an attempt to not have any debt at all! We are so close, BUT we are tempted everyday to throw up our hands in moments of stress and react to the “sudden terror” and panic of the entire situation. Yet somehow, ONLY GOD, we are able to remain calm and have peace! That means alot! It is definitely a “trust” and “faith” thing! It IS a GOD THING! thank you for reminding me again! Many Blessings!
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10.26.11

What a super cute bee charmer indeed!:) Your bug stories crack me up!! When I was little my brother and I were always in our creek picking up all kind of crawly stuff. It didn’t seem to bother me then but it does now! Finding God in the creepest crawliest moments is awesome: Nothing is too small or too icky for God to use for His glory!

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10.26.11

Thanks so much for this word today! My mom got her hours cut at work and she needs to see this too 😉

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10.26.11

Thank you for your comment on my Rock4Today blog! Come on down to Arkansas, and you can buy one in November at our local craft fair! I’m working on printing cards with the images on them, but don’t have them ready yet.

Enjoyed your post – but cringed on the picture of the bee on the lip!
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10.26.11

Hi Heidi,
Psalm 46:10 is one of my favorite verses. I almost used it in my post today. Great post and he is quite brave!
God bless…Chelle

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10.26.11

Heidi,

What a handsome little dude you have there, but that picture of the bee on his lip made my toes curl. I lived in Texas for 2 years and I have to say I do not miss the supersize stealth like insects. I am such a worrier, I don’t like being like, I know what a huge waste of time and energy it is, but in a very musguided way I feel like I am actually being productive and doing something in my situation even though I know that I am. Beautiful post Heidi, blessings to you.
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Wow, amazing that your boy stood still and such a great verse too. Lovely post.
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10.26.11

I love the way you share your family with us, there is allot to be said about you sis. Your heart is so transparent you always willing to speak up and at the same time share when you are feeling down or nervous. This is why you are able to share with others because of your heart. I pray God continues to bless your hands and feet that you will always touch people’s lives, for surely in times like these we need more people like you…God bless you and thank you for being a Friend to me but more so a sister in Christ Jesus
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Okay so I was at Costco with a friend today and she found a giant spider on her 5 month old daughter. Totally gross. The next time I see a bug though I will think of this post and wonder what would happen if I would just be still spiritually and trust God.
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Not only is it difficult to retrain ourselves to not respond in fear but it is difficult to remain calm when everyone around you doesn’t get it and thinks you should be doing the crazy dance of fear! Mommyhood certainly takes me to amazing new levels of courage I never realized I had. Bugs creep me out – thankfully, never had one in my ear!!!!! Feeling for you here. I would have worn earmuffs FOREVER!

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10.26.11

So loved this!

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Wow Heidi, I’m afraid I’ve got a similar reaction to insects as you do, and I would have had to fight the urge to bat it away as well. Your point is wonderfully made though… Those sudden moments of fear lose their “sting” when we live in the knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s presence in our lives.

Great post!

Have a Blessed Day!
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10.26.11

Oh my! Maybe I shouldn’t have read the cockroach-in-the-ear story just before bed! LOL!
You know, I can do pretty good in the midst of a crisis. . . then afterward I go to pieces and blubber all over. Guess I need to bulk up on my trust! Thanks for a most encouraging post!
Blessings!
pam

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10.26.11

What a delightful post! Growing up in New Mexico, I can certainly relate to your bug terrors! What a faithful and trusting son you have. 🙂 I love how you brought it all together in a message to have tust, and wait patiently for God to work all things out for our good.

Blessings and hugs!
Denise

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10.26.11

Hi, I’m just stopping by from the Blog bash. I think it can be a lot harder to stay calm and trust God when it concerns our children and not just us! Thanks for the challenge and I love those scriptures 🙂
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10.26.11

Pumpkin patch really is very exciting.. Thanks for the excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it.. Keep up the good work!
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