In my early teens, I stayed out of trouble because I was afraid of Myrtle. There were times when I was asked by my friends to try drugs. I really didn’t want to use drugs, but I didn’t want to be thought as a’ goodie-goodie.'
My response to my friends was, “I’m not doing any drugs; Myrtle would kill me.''
My friends didn’t press the issue. I was born in a generation where children feared their parents and Myrtle was my mother. My excuse for not drinking; I feared Myrtle. My reason for not riding in cars with boys; I feared Myrtle. I didn’t fear Louie (my father) like I feared Myrtle.
Louie would fuss and then say, “That ended it…” which meant it was the end of my behaviors, and he was through talking.
But this way wasn’t Myrtle. Myrtle would make me feel so guilty about my disobedience, and sometimes a week would go by before she would speak to me. This silent treatment got to me every time. Her silence caused me to reflect on her stressful determination to shelter, feed, and clothe us despite our limited finances. These thoughts caused me to think about the added stress of my disobedience, and I was remorseful.
Recently, I was praying concerning the fear of the Lord. I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal to me how I could understand and implement walking in the fear of the Lord. Then this Rhema (the revealed word of the Lord for ME), came to my thoughts, “Think about your mother.” I reflected upon how, as a teenager, I was kept from many negative circumstances because I feared my mother. I thought about how I didn’t fear her in the literal sense; I revered her for the sacrifice, wisdom, understanding, chastisement for my good, and her love that I could always depend on.
So, I have a deeper revelation of God as a parent. I thank God that He gave me Myrtle to demonstrate to me how to fear Almighty God.
And this is Truly Said.
The Sword: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment” (NLT)
The Application: The fear of the Lord possesses a reverential attitude. It is not just a fear of His power or judgment; it knows that we can trust God to order our lives daily. And if you didn’t have loving parents, then know God is the perfect parent who ultimately desires to give and protect you, because of His unrelenting love for us.