(To combat the darkness, we set up a brightly lit, human demonstration of the recording, "The Champion," by Carman. In the midst of all of the horror, every five minutes or so, the words "Jesus is the Champion" rang out throughout the night. Many people came to the Lord. The Halloween celebrants of the subdivision didn't like us at all, but that's another story.)
During one of the evenings, a man - having just walked through one of the dark roads with his screaming four or five-year-old child on his shoulders - dropped the child hard to the ground and proceeded to scold him. The child was frightened beyond normal fear. He was shaking uncontrollably. Then the dad jerked the child away after repeated tongue lashings and nasty remarks, mainly focused on what a wimp he considered his son. He kept asking, "Why are you always so afraid?"
Fear is a very real weapon, which Satan will continually employ to try to nullify us. He uses it to capture his people. He also tries to inundate God's children by using fear to get us to react to whatever is making us afraid, instead of relying on God. The most important action anyone can take when fearful is to draw close to God. He calls us to become familiar with His presence, to practice it during times of peace, so that we are comfortable being there when things get rough.