A serial rapist attacked his 8th victim over the weekend here in Tulsa, just a half mile from our home. The stories are all over the local news and are the topic of conversations across town; it’s in the atmosphere and on everyone’s mind. My heart is grieved for the victims and their families, and for everyone who doesn’t feel safe in their home or apartment tonight. I want to offer you comfort and some good advice, as well.
Throughout my life in times of terror and fear I read the words of the 91st Psalm, out loud to myself, and it reminds me that God is my protector, that angels are real and fear has no dominion over me, my mind or my atmosphere…you can read these words tonight before you go to bed, or at any time you need a little reassurance and peace:
“You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
Now, for the good advice:
- Lock your doors
- Close your windows and lock them
- Close your blinds or drapes at night
- Don’t change clothes in front of open windows
We are praying for the police to have wisdom and insight into this situation to bring justice quickly. We are praying for the victims and their families to be restored and healed. We are praying for those who are worried to receive the comfort and protection from God. We are praying for the person(s), who is causing this terror to be arrested in his tracks supernaturally with Godly remorse and sorrow, and turn himself in.
God promises to never leave you or forsake you, you are not alone. We love you and we are praying for you. Have a GOOD night.