Kay Cude is a Texas poet. Used with permission. Here is Kay’s Artist’s Statement:
Kay Cude: Too often I've been caught up in the speculation, "How will I respond to the attacks of the wicked when I am face-to-face with persecution?" \Will I have the strength, the resilience, and the courage to respond to them with patience and gentleness and point them to the eternal rescue that is available to them through Christ Himself? Will words fail me? Will I be able to crucify my flesh and respond in the Spirit, even in overwhelmingly fearful situations that threaten my life or my family or my financial security?"
"Proverbs 3:25-26 speaks to what I and countless of the redeemed can rest in--that it is the Lord, not ourselves, who is our confidence when we face persecution! Look closely at the submission, even the awe and timidity displayed in the eyes of those lions! Then see Daniel as he faces a deadly situation but stands quietly in the confidence that only the Lord can supply! That's for us too!!"
“When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12 NASB’95).