An Unwelcome Guest

Joanna Fullner

READ : Psalm 4

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (v. 8, NIV)

We had just arrived at the apartment provided for us by the Chinese university where we would teach. I was busy cleaning the bathroom when I heard my husband say, “You’re not going to be happy about this!” I went into the kitchen and gasped in terror as Rich showed me the largest spider I had ever seen in my life! It was about seven inches across with a brown, fuzzy exterior. “Is it poisonous?” I asked my biologist husband. “Who knows?” he replied as he ended its life. “How can we live in this place?” I thought. “Have I come to China only to die from a spider bite? What if I get up in the night and step on a monster like that?”

Fear raced through my mind. Then I remembered to whom I belonged. Anything could happen to me at any time—whether I was in the United States or China. I could either worry myself sick or accept the fact that my life was in God’s hands. I chose to trust in the Lord, who makes us “dwell in safety”—wherever we are.


Help me to trust you with my life each day, for it is you alone, O Lord, who gives me peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.