When I was about twelve years old I took a trip with my dad to Guadalajara, Mexico. I was returning to the place of my birth and visiting my childhood friends. Since my dad was going to be returning to Mexico in two weeks, he decided to let me extend my stay. I was to be staying with three different families during the two weeks he was gone.
I had a lot of fun playing with my friends and eating some of the Mexican candy that I loved and missed in the States. We went sight seeing and swimming. I have such great memories of that time!
Finally it came time to go to the third family’s home. I was driven to their house and I was really excited to spend time with these friends as well. While the grown ups went inside to visit, the kids sat on the porch to get reacquainted. I didn’t really notice at first, but finally I saw what one of the boys was playing with. “What is that?” I looked at it in horror. It was a human skull. In fact, they not only had the skull, but other bones as well. “Oh, yes,” they told me, “Some kids dug it up in the ditch right over there.” I don’t really remember anything after that except that I didn’t stay at that family’s house and was scolded for offending them, though in my shock I don’t think I explained why I was scared to stay there.
That night, alone in my room, I was so scared that I couldn’t sleep. I was even too scared to turn the light off. I prayed, but I was still just petrified. Finally, I got my Bible, and not knowing where to start, I asked the Lord to help me. I told Him I was going to read until I wasn’t scared any more. I began reading in Psalms. I didn’t have to read very far. I got to Psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety,” and I reread it several times. Even as a child I was in awe at God’s direct answer to my prayer and care of me. I put my Bible down, turned off the light, and went right to sleep.
Even today if ever I’m scared I recite this verse to my self. For wherever I am, no matter how seemingly safe or unsafe, “Thou Lord only makes me dwell in safety.”