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by Larry Davies
Playing around sewing machines was a dumb thing to do, even for a four-year-old. Too much running and not enough looking eventually causes accidents and mine was a big one. The shelf for holding the fabric was just above eye level and I hit it hard, felt the pain and started screaming. Blood was spurting everywhere. Normally sane adults were panic-stricken as I found myself being thrown into a car and rushed to the local hospital emergency room.
Hell need four stitches just over his left eye, said the doctor. The three adults who brought me all nodded in agreement. Of course, I didnt know any of this. Instead, I saw a big man walking toward me to cover my head with a sheet. (They did that in those days!) Blind and scared, I did what only comes natural for a four-year-old in a fix. I screamed and kicked my bloody head off.
They told me later that one man held my head, another lay across my body while several more held a leg or an arm, all as the poor doctor applied the local anesthetic and three stitches. What made this experience so memorable however was what happened next: just after the surgeon finished, I sat up and looked around the room and with a smile proclaimed: That didnt hurt!
The adults involved laugh about the story now, but at the time, they wanted to give me a demonstration of real pain by tanning my backside! The question is: Why was I so frightened? Was I just a wimp? (Please dont answer. My ego is fragile enough already!)
I was frightened partly because of the real pain caused by the head injury but in addition there was the fear of something unknown represented by the sheet covering my eyes. The combination made for one scared little boy. The reality, however, wasnt nearly as bad as I feared. So, after the sheet was removed and the ordeal was over... I could smile (while everyone else groaned) and confidently say: That didnt hurt!
Lets face it, we all face situations which cause pain but the real danger comes when we combine the actual pain with the imagined fear of the unknown. This becomes a formula for disaster.
We get scared of the unknown and respond by kicking and screaming instead of trusting in God to see us through. Here are some realistic spiritual remedies to help calm your fears:
A friend advised: Larry, if you can learn to replace your all night worry sessions with just a few hours of heartfelt prayer, youll begin to feel better and likely get more sleep. Can we ease our fears with prayer and a promise from God? Of course you can. Try it for yourself! In the end, God offers the unique opportunity to face our troubles with boldness and say to the world... That didnt hurt!
Author: Larry Davies
Publication Date: September 27, 2002