Getting Thawed Out

I was what you might describe as a freeze-dried Christian Scientist. That is, I never used the truths I learned in Sunday School until I was in hot water.

However, the year I was seventeen while working at a summer job 1,500 miles from home, I developed a case of athlete's foot. My first reaction was to ignore the problem, hoping it would go away. After I had worked several days on a job that required an immense amount of walking, the problem became much more severe and painful. When I became bedridden, it was quite clear that I had procrastinated long enough and it was time to do what I should have done in the first place—turn to God.

Since I was so far from home, I couldn't depend on my parents for help. I found myself feeling very insecure. While I pondered what to do, a verse in the Bible that I had memorized as a child came to mind: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust." Ps. 91:2; Certainly a fortress is not a place of insecurity; it is a place of protection. This is when I decided I would step into God's fortress.

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September 21, 1974

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