Proverbs 3:24

Scripture have been on my mind recently. As a Mormon, I believe in the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. But, I also believe in the Holy Bible and have come to love its’ stories and messages. My favorite scripture is actually from the Old Testament.

I grew up in Virginia for most of my life. In the fall 2002, there was a very scary incident in northern Virginia. The Beltway sniper was having a killing spree. Many attacks were in and near D.C., but a few were around where I lived. The sniper was injuring and killing people at gas stations, waling into school, getting into their car in the parking lot, and during the day as well!

I was 12 years old. My soccer games were canceled. My junior high was surrounded by a forest and my mom picked me up from school each day. I was scared to death to go out across the parking lot to her car. I would run and duck behind cars, scared to go closer to the woods. My bedroom was in the basement, with my window looking out under the back porch. I hated going to sleep in my room–I swore that the sniper (if he didn’t get me at school), would peep in under the porch and shoot me in my bed.
One day, during my personal scripture study, I allowed God to take the lead and opened to a random page. I opened up to Proverbs 3:21-26–

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

Isn’t my baby boy adorable? I love watching him sleep so peacefully!
He was telling me that He would keep me safe. If I trusted in Him, I wouldn’t fall. I would be able to sleep soundly in my basement room. He wouldn’t let the sniper take me. That scripture gave me the confidence to get through the fall of 2002 until the sniper was caught. Ever since then, whenever I have been scared, or had a bad nightmare, I’ve always referred back to that scripture: For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep they foot from being taken.

What scripture has influenced you in your life?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Ecclesiastes 3:11 is my reminder that God's timing is so much great than my own. That is what I have seen lately, that God's plan is much better than what I want for myself. Trusting Him is a beautiful adventure!

  • This is beautiful! That is a great verse. There are a lot of really beautiful words to be found in Proverbs.

  • Wow. I'd forgotten all about the DC Sniper. That was a crazy situation. I can't imagine living through it, but I love that you found comfort in the scriptures. They're so good for that, aren't they?

  • Ahhh I love this! What a great scripture. I don't know if I've read it before, or I'm sure I have and just don't remember it. Thank you for the reminder!

  • It definitely is a great scripture, and has given me peace numerous times.

  • It was definitely scary to a 12 year old, especially since the previous year, I had lived that close to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, too!

  • I love this scripture! It would be so scary to live through that situation!

  • It definitely was and this scripture still helps when I have nightmares!