Healing of fear after home invasion

A few years ago, I was robbed in my family’s house in London, England. The burglars came into the house at night whilst I was asleep and alone in the house. They stole my laptop and other items, including my iPod, jacket, and laptop bag. I was deeply grateful that they did not come upstairs to my room to hurt me. 

Immediately after the incident, replays of the intrusion kept bombarding my thought. In fact, I could barely sleep, I was so afraid. I found myself looking out the window almost every hour to see if there was anyone breaking into the house. I would think to myself, “Why don’t you relocate to another place?” and “Why don’t you get someone to live with you?”

My family members admired the courage of my decision to stay in the house, and I knew that decision was based on my understanding of and strong faith in God. As a result of my devotion to the teachings of Christian Science, I decided to turn to the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. First, I turned to this passage in Second Timothy: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (1:7).

Knowing that helped alleviate the fear. I also read from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Stand porter at the door of thought” (p. 392), and, “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man” (p. 393). 

A porter can be a watchman or gatekeeper, and I knew I needed to be a watchman over my thoughts, allowing only thoughts that were good­—thoughts from God—to enter. I realized that God had given me the ability to shut out unhealthy thoughts such as fear and anxiety, and I felt confident that He would give me the sense of security and peace that I needed. More and more I felt that God was caring for me, sustaining me, and embracing me every moment. 

As a result, the fear and anxiety disappeared. I was able to continue living on my own, and each night I slept like a baby—as if nothing had ever happened. I was grateful for this opportunity to learn about the immediacy of God’s help and divine Truth’s power.

Tupele-Ebi Diffa
Glenmont, Ohio, US

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