Coping with my zombie apocalypse

The answers came thick and fast, spiders, shadows in my bedroom, creaks at night, the toilet flush, a zombie apocalypse.  I had just asked a primary school class, ‘What really scares you?’  Of course, those fears are not rooted in a genuine threat, never the less the fear is real.  How, though as adults, do we respond to genuine threat?  I have realised that I stop breathing when suddenly threatened and have to tell myself to breath again.

I often ask asylum seekers who have experienced sustained extreme trauma if they are sleeping OK?  Everyone has said they have real difficulty sleeping.  In Psalm 3 David prays in the middle of extreme trauma.  His murderous son has just launched a military coup, turning nearly all the country against him and he is being pursued by an army of thousands.  David boldly states, ‘But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.’v3Can David sleep OK?  Amazingly, yes he can.  His words are, ‘I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.’v5 I pray that whatever your ‘zombie apocalypse’ you will know the Lord as a shield around you and from that gain an inner peace.

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