When I Am Scared

When I am scared, God gives me His courage;
When I am weak, He gives me His strength.
When I am lost, God gives me His guidance;
When I am cold, He gives me His warmth.

When I’m in doubt, God gives me assurance;
When I am sad, He gives me His joy.
When I’m alone, God gives me His presence;
When I am tired, He gives me His rest.

When I’m distressed, God gives me His comfort;
When I’m in pain, He gives me His balm.
When I’m confined, God gives me His freedom;
When I’m in darkness, He gives me His light.

When I’m perplexed, God gives me His wisdom;
When I’m besieged, He gives me defense.
When I lose sight, God gives me His vision;
And when I die, He gives me new life.

About This Song:
My daughter, Kristi, was eight years old and having symptoms of something that might have proved to be quite serious.

I woke up in the middle of the night and started fretting about it. No, not just fretting. I was worried sick about Kristi. Scared of what might happen to her.

Then I realized I should pray instead of worry. After doing that–possibly even while I was still praying–I was able to get back to sleep. Kristi’s problem went away and has never surfaced again, but the effect of that prayer on my tendency to worry has been long-lasting.

And I wrote this song because of that prayer time.

In a long ago Bible study, the speaker on the video shared this idea: “I don’t know what God will do [in a given situation], but I know what He’s capable of doing.”

That’s more than enough for me.

What about you, though? Do you have confidence in God’s ability to deal with all of your challenges and problems? Notice that I didn’t say, “And fix them the way you think best.”

God’s ways are beyond our comprehension, and sometimes His answers aren’t the ones we want to hear. But He’s always there to help us through our crises, even if He doesn’t  let us come through them unscarred.

That’s a lot to think about, isn’t it? Is there a time in your life when you’ve been especially conscious of God helping through an especially tough situation? How about sharing a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

Look for me again next Wednesday. Better still, subscribe to receive these weekly posts by email.

Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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