What Do You Do With Fear?

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There is a reason why fear is a four letter word. It hangs in the air. It expresses what you can’t put into other words. But what do you do with fear? It is always there. Sometimes, you don’t even notice it. Other times, you trip over it. On those rare occasions, it knocks you to the ground, making you gasp for air.

But what do you do with fear? Do you go there, cracking open the door? Will it suck you in and lock the door? If you face it head on, will you be able to find the escape route out again?

The more important question is what does God do with our fear? God conquers fear! God shows up and the fear begins to subside. Fleeting moments of peace are felt but can easily slip through one’s grasp. Eyes are opened to recognize the smallest gifts of God’s unconditional love.  Answers to prayers that weren’t asked yet miraculously appear.

The shaking stops as you believe God’s promise that the sun will rise and set, again and again. Life can go on despite the real threat of fear. God enables us to stand in the midst of any circumstances and praise God for the simple reason that He will always be present in our lives.

I choose the strength of Jesus Christ over the emptiness of fear.

Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

 Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

 

 

You’re It!

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I am being pursued.  I recognize the pursuit when I open my mailbox, for there it is: prescreened offers for credit cards. I don’t want it, but the invitations keep coming.  I call and I write to stop the solicitations for extra credit that I don’t need.  It is not the first time that I have been relentlessly pursued. God pursued me for 31 years. I didn’t want it. I was too busy with schooling, then a career and then a family.  I didn’t think I needed it. Life was okay and even good. God kept pursuing me until I allowed myself to be caught. I felt God’s embrace and leaned into him. I began to understand the big picture of what God offered and I wanted it. More importantly, I needed it.  The pursuit is not over, but now I am “it.” I pursue God to know his will for my life. I pursue God’s Word to draw closer to him. I pursue others to introduce them to Jesus. The pursuit for hearts continues.

 

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Isaiah 43:1

But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.