Have you ever been scared?
Sounds like a trick question, doesn’t it?
“Of course, we have all been scared”, you may be thinking.
You would be right.
We probably all have been scared more times than we care to count.
Doing something that terrifies us, cannot only be scary, it can be totally worth it!
I’m deathly afraid of sharks, so even though I love the beach and ocean, I don’t tend to go that far into the ocean. Growing up with a pool in the backyard sounds like a kid’s dream in the summer, which it was until it was time to pull the cover over the water’s surface. I didn’t want to help. Not out of rebellion. I sincerely thought there could be a shark under the cover. In our pool. (I know it sounds ridiculous.)
I once watched Jaws in hopes of ridding myself of my fear of sharks. That was probably one of my biggest, silliest, mistakes ever. You can guess how that turned out.
I’m still scared of sharks.
There may be some fears that hold our bodies and souls captive.
Mine includes sharks and on a serious note, I’m afraid the lies that Satan tells me are true.
Will I let myself believe the lies?
Will I let fear hold me back from what God could do in my life?
I certainly hope not.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
The key word for me in this verse is “through”. Because, we can relish in the fact that God will help us through whatever is scaring us to our core. We don’t have to be afraid of taking the next step. We don’t have to be afraid of being stuck with our fears.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Our own particular brand of scared can come in many different forms.
Whether, it’s spiders, sharks, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, etc., we truly have nothing to fear. God holds the whole world in His hands.
I don’t have to be afraid of sharks because the sharks obey Him.
Now, I’m not about to go in a shark cage, but I could be able to without fear, if I truly trusted that God has me and the sharks in His hands.
Blogging can be fearful. Wondering whether or not people will reject it. Will what I write actually matter?
There are so many things to be afraid of, and yet we serve a God bigger than any fear we could possibly have.
The choice is up to us. Will we let fear get the best of us and be scared to our core, or will we give our fears over to God and let Him have His perfect way?