Photo: Again We Say Rejoice photography
Author: Alex Phipps
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipine.”
“There are a lot of heartbreaking things that happen in life. Sometimes I worry about listening to the news for fear of feeling overwhelmed with sad and helpless feelings. At the same time, I don’t want to be the proverbial ostrich with my butt in the air. It’s just that I hate feeling like, what can I do??? Furthermore, honestly, sometimes I really am afraid of feeling terribly sad.
So here is a cool, little story that just happened about three hours ago. I got involved even though I was scared and sad. My daughter called to say she was driving home and found a little deer that had been struck. The deer was on the white line on the side of a pretty dark road. The deer was still alive. I could barely stand the image. My sweet, animal loving daughter facing this. Ever since I began driving I have prayed that I would never hit an animal or see an animal get injured, and now my daughter at 17 was face to face with my fear. I was so torn. Should I join her? Could I stand to see the deer? Her voice on the phone was calm and strong. She was going to stay with it until the police arrived. She would not put herself in danger but wanted to make sure no one else would hit the deer. I decided to join her knowing that two cars would be safer for her and the deer.
When I arrived the little deer was sitting up but unable to move. My daughter was close by trying her best to comfort it with her presence; speaking to it softly. I parked in front of her with my flashers on and stayed in the car. To my great relief I found myself feeling OK. This was the right thing for me to do. I had faced a fear and I was not a puddle. Another passerby stopped and pulled off the road to lend emotional support. Incredibly, she was a friend of my daughter!! Cars slowed down, going around us and soon the police arrived. He was very polite and understood our sentiment. He would euthanize the deer. As we left the officer alone with the deer, I felt at peace. I had gotten involved in a very minor way. I did what I could and I was OK. At home I told my daughter I was very proud of her.
I think God calls us sometimes to get involved in whatever way we can. He doesn’t force us. He does not demand from us. He lets us decide what we will do.”