Oceans of Fear

Oceans of Fear

“The only thing stronger than fear is hope.”

Could have fooled me.

Have you been there? Your to-do list looks more like a short story. At least, what you’ve managed to remember to put on paper, which doesn’t account for the 3 million things that cross your mind daily with a dash of “Oh yeah, I need to remember to…” What you do manage to accomplish gets thrown right back in your face as complete failure.  Work is stressful and frustrating.  Family life is beyond manageable. You wonder what God is up to: is He teaching me something? Is this a test? Does He still care? Every day takes more effort than yesterday just to stay afloat. What is it that threatens to pull you under the waves?

Fear.

Have you been there? Everything you can handle and then some all stops when something drastic hits you, and you just can’t take it anymore.  You crumble.  God, where are you??

I’ve been there.  Quite recently, too.  It took a simple accident in a single moment to turn my world completely upside down. I couldn’t resurface.  I maintained composure somehow through the rest of my work day, eager to get home and let loose.  I knew I needed God.  I curled up with my journal and my Bible, but once I started writing, everything came through the broken floodgates.  Crying. Screaming. Wailing. Crumbling. Praying. Weeping. Gasping.

I know my God can do all things. I know my Lord is sovereign and has a plan.  I know my King is all powerful. I know my Father loves me.  But sometimes…I forget…and I wonder if He is willing to help me.

Fear and worry thoroughly welcome the challenge to overtake us. Just ask Peter.  He knew Jesus could walk on the water, and he knew that Jesus could make it possible for him to as well.  I’ve wondered how long Jesus waited to save Peter from the waves of that storm though.  Was Peter ankle-deep in water?  Waist deep? Did Peter wait to cry out for help when the water was up to his neck?  Did Peter completely submerge before Jesus pulled him out?

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Why do we adults wonder if He is willing to help His beloved “grown-up” children?

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…” Romans 8:15-16

We are not slaves to our fear and worry any longer.  We can get through any situation any day by remembering two things: 1) Trust 2) Thankfulness.  Trust guards us against worrying, and thankfulness guards us against complaining and negative thinking.

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