I am usually your typical fraidy cat. I am spooked easily and I am scared of so many things. It’s all very strange because I was one of the boldest and most outspoken children ever. Like, UNAFRAID!
I would say and do whatever without fear but I entered adulthood without that boldness. I was never afraid of the dark and I was always willing to be the first to try. Again, UNAFRAID!
Then I grew up.
I became scared of almost everything. I jump if a spider stares hard at me and I would rather fall sick and be put on drip than have to face a dog. Or a cow. I thought being an adult was supposed to make things better and easier.
But not necessarily.
And I worry about so many things. I pray about them but I worry still.
When we grow up, things may get even worse. Children are usually so fearless because they are so trusting. You see, they don’t want to hurt you so they don’t see any reason why you would want to hurt them. They trust you.
But we can’t do that. As an adult, I’ve been hurt quite a number of times so I trust nobody. I might even be in love with you and I will still be a bit suspicious of you.
Then I have more responsibilities and duties and more fears and worries seem to reveal themselves with each birthday. And of course, right now I’m talking about fears more serious than the fear of spiders. Will I be successful in this life? Would I pass my exams? Would I marry the right person? Would I be a blessing to my family?
But perfect love casts out fear and I am learning everyday to trust someone who will never ever hurt me. So you see, even when I don’t trust what I see in front of me, I am learning not to be afraid of it because The One I trust won’t let me be harmed.
Moreover He has not given me the Spirit of fear, but of love and of a sound mind. So every morning, I wake up and face my fears and I say
- I am loved of The Lord.
- I have a sound mind.
- I am not a slave to my fears.
- I am bold because my Father has made me so.
- Fear has no hold on me.
- I am unafraid because The Lord protects me.
- The Lord is my keeper.
- My father has given me everything that pertains to life and godliness.
- God is perfecting everything that concerns me.
And seriously, by the time I’m done I feel a bit relieved. Cast your cares upon Jesus people, and then even if you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you will fear no evil. Because you will know, His rod and staff will be there to comfort you. When you place it in God’s hands, leave it there! Stop fretting.
Have a great day!