He heard signs of a struggle and wanted to run away, but was shocked to see this

What are you most afraid of?

Now, picture it in your mind–and visualize yourself experiencing your fear. It probably feels uncomfortable.

But what if I were to tell you that your very survival depended on facing it, head on?

Could you do it?

Blessed Quiteness shared this story about letting go of fear.

The story goes like this:

I was walking down a dimly lit street late one evening when I heard muffled screams coming from behind a clump of bushes. Alarmed, I slowed down to listen and panicked when I realized that what I was hearing was the unmistakable sounds of a struggle: heavy grunting, frantic scuffling and tearing of fabric.

Only yards from where I stood, a woman was being attacked. Should I get involved? I was frightened for my own safety and cursed myself for having suddenly decided to take a new route home that night. What if I became another statistic? Shouldn’t I just run to the nearest phone and call the police?

Although it seemed an eternity, the deliberations in my head had taken only seconds, but already the cries were growing weaker. I knew I had to act fast.

How could I walk away from this? No, I finally resolved, I could not turn my back on the fate of this unknown woman, even if it meant risking my own life.

I am not a brave man, nor am I athletic. I don’t know where I found the moral courage and physical strength — but once I had finally resolved to help the girl, I became strangely transformed. I ran behind the bushes and pulled the assailant off the woman.

Grappling, we fell to the ground, where we wrestled for a few minutes until the attacker jumped up and escaped.

Panting hard, I scrambled upright and approached the girl, who was crouched behind a tree, sobbing.

In the darkness, could barely see her outline, but I could certainly sense her trembling shock.

Not wanting to frighten her further, I at first spoke to her from a distance.

“It’s OK,” I said soothingly, “The man ran away. You’re safe now.”

There was a long pause and then I heard the words, uttered in wonder, in amazement.

“Dad, is that you?” And then, from behind the tree, stepped my youngest daughter, Judy.

God has a way of allowing us to be in the right place at the right time.

Here’s an amazing thought–

In a lifetime that can span over hundred years, a single moment can change that same life forever.

If you don’t follow your heart, the road untraveled will always be a mystery of what could have been.

So be a hero or shrink away. The choice is up to you.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”- 1 Corinthians 16:13

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