On my last day of completing university, I headed out to this famous club with some friends. It was down this one-way street meaning we had to park our cars at the junction and walk about two minutes to the venue.

After parking and whiles waiting for some other friends to join us, I saw a couple of hood boys trying to heckle a friend of mine. We were about three guys with a couple of ladies and he was the only one being heckled in a corner. So me, trying to be a hero, went over to try and convince them to let him go.

This friend however sensing they had taken their attention off him, walked away and left me cornered by the hood guys. It was another one of those moments, when I asked myself why I just didn’t stay in school to mind my own business.

Anyway, I managed to temporarily get them to let me go and headed into the club with friends, more of who had showed up. I did have in mind that after the partying these hood guys will be outside. So when the night was almost over, I told two friends of mine who were well-built and taller than me about my situation and one of them just said: “walk with us, if they dare try to touch you they would see…”. In fact let me give you the original paraphrased pidgin rendition: “walk plus we, if them like make them try come talk something or touch you, make you no shake, just walk plus we.”

It was so cool. I walked confidently in the middle of them (two macho guys and other friends around) and heard the hood boys yelling, “you think we can’t do anything to you because you have guards?” Let me give you the original paraphrased pidgin version: “you figure say you get body guard so we no fit do nothing, see am, e go carry body guard..”

They were yelling but couldn’t approach me. I was just walking with a smile on my face with assurance from my friends that nothing could happen to me. And nothing did.

My trust in these two gave me so much confidence that I could boldly walk, enter my car and drive off without fear of being robbed by these boys. Oh I forgot to add earlier that the hood boys (kwashay boys as called here) wanted me to strip earlier at the car park and give them my sneakers and shirt.

Trusting in God

Reflecting on this experience, made me imagine what it was like for Elisha to see all those chariots of fire around him. Imagine having God protecting you and telling you not to fear what the enemy is doing. You will hear the enemy’s threats but like the hood guys who stood far away and couldn’t approach, your enemies will not be able to harm you.

This is the assurance that God gives us many times in His Word. For the list of verses on His assurance, check out yesterday’s titled “what to do when you’re outnumbered by problem” post here.

“Do not be afraid,” Elisha answered, “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18As the Arameans came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Please strike these people with blindness.” So He struck them with blindness, according to the word of Elisha.…

2 Kings 6:16-18 (Berean Study Bible)

Fear will always make noise, fear will always like to try again, just as the hood boys who knew they couldn’t do a thing still yelled, fear and anxieties will always yell. Their goal is simply to take our focus off God and unto themselves. Fear is an attention seeker and this is why we need to daily seek God for strength, direction and nourishment to silence our fears as I discussed in a recent post here.

If you also haven’t read my previous post titled Count your blessings not your fears, click here to read that.

Thanks for reading.

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