My friend, neighbor, fellow blogger, and instigator (just kidding), Lazy Daisy, and I are doing a Women of Faith Bible Study entitled Living Above Worry and Stress. It’s a great study but honestly, I’m 60 now and things don’t stress me as much as they used to. Of course, our children are grown and I no longer work out of the home so life has much less stress.
Today’s lesson was about fear and trembling. Noting that as children many of us feared the dark and had to sleep with a favorite stuffed animal or “blankie” but as adults our fears are realities. Do you fear rejection, an unfaithful mate, loosing your job, children being involved with the “wrong” people, divorce, bad men (thieves, kidnappers, murderers, rapists or terrorists)? Are you afraid of loneliness, growing old, saying the wrong thing, are you still afraid of the dark?
I never had a special stuffed animal or blanket that I needed to sleep with as a child but I did (and still do to an extent) have a fear of falling. (Forgot about this one Daisy.) I’m not afraid of the dark, I just like to see where I’m going so I don’t fall. My mother used to fall from time to time and when she was older, broke a hip by falling.
But why are we afraid? I have reached a point in my life where there are not many things that I do fear. I don’t certainly don’t live in fear. After all, if someone steals from me, is it something that they needed more than me; if they had asked, I probably would have given it freely.
I’m not afraid of getting older ~ I’m just that much closer to being with my Lord! I don’t want to loose my memory and no longer be able to recognize loved ones and friends. But even if that does happen, God is in control!
In Mark 5:36, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid ~ only believe.” And in Matthew 10:31, He offers a very good reason, “You are more valuable than many sparrows.”
As I sit at my computer working on my pictures or blogging, I can see many birds at our feeders. In particular, yesterday I watched an adult MALE Cardinal feed another Cardinal. It was the same size as the adult but not the brilliant red as the adult male~it was either a female or an adolescent. If God provides for that little bird in that way, why would he not provide all my needs. If all my needs are met, what reason do I have to fear?
In closing, I share a quote from Lucy Swindoll:
There resides in the heart of every believer little pockets of fear. For some of us it’s cowardice. For others, it’s timidity. Although we know the Savior gives courage and power, sometimes we feel safer in our little pocket than in His big provision. So we cower inside, afraid to be bold. We permit our human frailty to stand in the way of His strength.
Do you have any fears? Remember Psalm 56:3: Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in YOU.
Blessings to you until the next time.