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How often are you afraid? We all have things we are afraid of. Some of these fears are real. For example I have a fear of spiders and snakes. I personally hate it when I am surprised by either of those two things while working in my flowers or I feel something crawling on me and I don’t know what it is. I shiver just writing about it!  Some are things we build up in our mind, like going to a new school or even going back to school. Are things going to be the same? Will our friends that we haven’t seen for the summer going to be the same? What if I don’t fit in? I have struggled a good portion of my life feeling like I didn’t fit in. Like I was just half a step behind everyone else. Never quite feeling like I was good enough. Are these things “true” or is this just something in my head that I tell myself. I think it is the devil’s way of getting to us. He uses the things of this world to make us feel like we’re “not enough”. We are bombarded by images of how we are “supposed” to be. Pictures and advertisements thru the TV and social media that show us what we should look like/act like/be like. In John 14:27 it says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We are called to not be of this world because it is not our final home. So how do we keep our fears in check?

As I was writing this I looked up several verses about fear in the bible. The book of Psalms is full of reassurances that we should not fear.  Psalms 118:6 says “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”  another of my favorites is Romans 8: 38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death no life, neither angels or demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I absolutely love the song by Zach Williams called “Fear is a Liar”  If you have not heard it, I would encourage you to listen to it.  As I listen to the song there are things he sings that I have heard in my own head, that I have said to myself. I wouldn’t dare say these things to someone else but for some reason I have no problem saying them to myself about myself.  This is the devil at work and when we listen to these things he is winning. These thoughts and feelings get in the way of us being the children of God and doing what he wants us, no, calls us to do and be. Our last night at camp we cast our letters in the fire and sent them up to God. I would encourage you, like the song says, “cast your fears in the fire, cause fear he is a liar”. Write down your fears, your worries, your concerns and get them out of your head and into the light. Share these things with a trusted friend or mentor and ask them for help.  Kind of like my spiders and snakes, get them out of hiding so I can deal with them!

Dear Lord, Please help me give my fears and worries to you. Help me to trust in you that you care for me and that everything is in your hands. No matter the circumstance you are always with me. Amen