A World of Fear

Hello my Friends!

This marks the first time my post will be on my blog and not in an email. Kind of a momentous occasion for me. You know my perfectionism and how it has been holding me back from moving this mountain. But look at that, God has given me the faith I needed to tell this mountain to move!

Besides moving past my fear of imperfection, I have been seeing a lot of fear. This is probably because of the season (Halloween and all) and possibly the political season (don’t forget to vote people).

 The other day I saw a billboard that was so scary, I hoped my children were looking the other way just so that we could avoid the middle of the night nightmares. But this wasn’t the first billboard I saw like this. It’s getting to the point that we may have to drive to school with blindfolds on until November 2nd!

That’s a little extreme, but really, this is a time of year when fear is exploited, even if it is of imaginary things.

There are some scary real things in this world lately as well.

We fear what our politicians tell us to fear. We fear our politicians.

We fear disease. If we listen to those prescription medicine commercials, we could also fear the cure.

We fear stating our opinions on social media. We fear being unseen on social media.

We fear confrontation. We fear continuation of behavior we should confront.

We fear walking outside in our communities. We fear loss of community.

Sometimes, when I spend too much time looking at this world, the fear can overwhelm me and make my heart hurt. It’s enough make me what to hide.

There is no need to hide, though, if I keep my eyes on the one who overcomes all fear.

Here is the call in scripture:

Philipians 4:6-7

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

It is not accident, by the way, that the verse I quoted last week is the one right after this. The instructions on how to get our thoughts out of our contextual rut are the same for getting our hearts out of fear.

God brings reason to my fear and quells the chaos in my heart. He is the only one my heart will bow to in righteous fear, not craziness. Because:

Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

I hope you all are doing well, and I hope you come back to my blog and see me again.