Four months ago I was on my dream vacation, Paris. I have always dreamt of going there since I was a little girl. My 25th birthday party last year was Paris themed (as in my previous post). Fortunately, I was blessed to get the opportunity to travel to Paris not even a year later. Paris was magical to say the least. I can still taste the food when I think about it, and envision all of the beauty in the city.
Hearing about this horrible terrorist attack this past weekend hit me like a ton of bricks. I have heard about other attacks like the one in London back in 2005, and I don’t know if it was because I was too young or have never been there, but it wasn’t as personal to me as this most recent attack. I immediately started thinking, how close to home it is for me. I also lived through one of the worst attacks, 9/11. Funny thing is I actually work a half a mile from the 9/11 site now. After watching the news over and over of the Paris attack, and seeing all of the faces of those who were affected, I immediately started to become fearful myself. My brother called me at 1am the next morning to tell me that one of the restaurants they shot at was the very same one we ate at as a group. I even have a picture there, how crazy is that?
When I travel I always get caught up in the moment and never really worry about what could go wrong, but this Paris attack has definitely opened up my eyes. Why not four months ago when I was there eating at that very same restaurant? I believe that God was watching over my group and me. One thing I always do is pray before, during, and after any trip, especially the second I touch down on the runway to thank God for another successful and safe trip.
Truth is in the day and age, terror surrounds us every day. This world is taking a turn for the worse, and the attacks seem to be more frequent and gruesome than ever before. Now I’m not here to scare you, I just want you to know to be aware and we realize we aren’t exempt from any of this. These terrorists killed many innocent people and New York has been attacked before. Of course when we first hear of these things, we get that crazy nervous stomach and rapid heartbeat (at least I do), then we try to hear every detail that’s going on to get our facts straight. This is what happens to me, and then I take a deep breath and pray. My mom is a strong believer and it reflects on me. Yes, we both get scared then she says to me “God says he watches over his people, be happy you were safe.” These words instantly comfort me & I thank God for all he is done for me.
It is normal to feel afraid and panic, but here are some bible verses that help ease the fear. These verses always calm my mind and make me feel safe. I am not safe everyday especially living in New York City which is a major target in the U.S., but knowing God has my back always calms my soul.
My Number 1 Verse that helps especially with times like these:
(My mom always tells me this too, and I have survived many things so far)
Psalm 118: 6 “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
This is my favorite because it applies to more than just the big scary events; it can even apply to that person at work trying to take you down, or to the jealous friend who wants to see you fall.
Isiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.´
I love that God is powerful.
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Everyone gets afraid including me, we are human it happens, but putting your trust in God is the best thing to do, and you will feel His peace right away.
God wants us to feel peace always, never wants us to be fearful.
Now many people might not agree and believe that God is the one behind this, but let me ask you a question..Why is it that when tragedy strikes, someone becomes ill, a death in the family, everyone says please pray or “sending you prayers?” The inevitable is that prayer works and God loves to hear them and wants to help you, but you also have to have strong faith that it will work.
I hope that even if you aren’t a strong believer you at least remember these verses for the worried times you have. Read them to yourself or even whisper them, I promise peace will come over
Never forget to thank God for another day- not everyone is promised tomorrow!