The true source of safety

Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel alone to another country to participate in some volunteer work. I loved being there, but I found that I was quite uncomfortable going places on my own because a few years prior, in a different country, I had been threatened by someone while walking alone on the street. 

As I prayed about how to overcome this fear, a poem that I had learned in school came to mind. The poem repeatedly spoke of giving thanks, and it got me thinking about the reasons I had for being grateful to God. As it turns out, giving gratitude for God’s goodness provided exactly the spiritual uplift I needed. It enabled me to turn my thought away from a fear of what might be taken away from me, to the understanding that nothing could be taken from me, as my life itself was safe in Him. Here is the essence of my prayer:

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