You, O Lord, Keep Me Safe

This morning, when I logged onto CB, one of the first things I saw was a wall post by Nicole Karkowski (@niki20) which said:

Psalm 4:8 "I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."

Every time I read that verse, my mind goes back to December 22, 2009.

It was my first day home after having suffered a ruptured aneurysm and stroke twelve days earlier and I was standing next to my bed, unable to bring myself to lie down. Why? Because that bed had literally nearly been my deathbed. Though I consciously remembered very little of what followed and nothing of the actual event, it became very apparent by my reaction that there was a memory of it securely locked away in my mind behind a locked, knobless and tightly sealed door in my mind that said "KEEP OUT!" in large friendly or rather unfriendly letters.

I instinctively knew that it was best for me to heed that sign. It was there for a reason to protect me from recalling a horror that it was best I forget but my bed was next to that door. I had learned from my experience at the hospital that going to sleep itself wasn't the problem. The problem was was going to sleep in that room and in that bed. If I could have moved to a new house that night, I would have. If I could have simply rearranged my bedroom and put my bed elsewhere, I would have. Unfortunately, my bed is placed where it is for a reason due to the layout of my bedroom so moving it was not an option. Sigh... I couldn't lie down. I simply could not lie even lie down. I stood there, frozen beside it, looking down at it with tears swimming in my eyes. I was terrifed to lie down and sleep. I cried out to God, "What am I going to do?"

God's response was Psalm 4:8. He reminded me that though I had encountered "the terror by night" (Psalm 91:5), I had done so safely tucked in His hand. Though physically I had suffered, I myself, had been safe. There was no promise that I would never face trauma, hardship, pain or grief ever again. I am at risk for that as long as I live in this body. However, I do not need to fear those things. Why? Because God keeps me safe. Even if I should lose my life... God keeps me safe.

I looked down at my bed once again only this time I repeated Psalm 4:8. The God who had kept me safe during that night of terror was still with me. He was still watching over me and He would still keep me safe. There would be times when fear would rear its ugly head once again but God had given me the Sword of His Word to defeat it when it did. I smiled, turned off the light, climbed into bed and laid down in peace and slept knowing that God would keep me safe... no matter what!

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

"I looked down at my bed once again only this time I repeated Psalm 4:8. The God who had kept me safe during that night of terror was still with me. He was still watching over me and He would still keep me safe. There would be times when fear would rear its ugly head once again but God had given me the Sword of His Word to defeat it when it did. I smiled, turned off the light, climbed into bed and laid down in peace and slept knowing that God would keep me safe... no matter what!"

[b]Only God[/b] could have put this on your heart to write about today. It has helped me beyond my ability to put into words. I would greatly appreciate your prayers.

Bless you, K :princess:

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Beth M @blest ·

Very timely. Very timely. God is so :cool: that way, isn't He?

:heart: blessings, blest

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Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

I love that verse -but then I love Psalms.

Blessings
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Sarah Vm @godissogood ·

100 x :cry:
"For so he giveth to his beloved sleep." :sleepsleep:
God bless,
Sarah

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