optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it
through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Fear has consumed me
Most of my life I have lived in fear.
Fear of my parent dying (because one already did)
Fear of dying young (because my mom did)
Fear of losing someone
Fear of someone walking out
Fear of losing my job
Fear of dying on that stupid I75 Rouge River Bridge (I HATE THAT BRIDGE!!!!!!)
Fear of being in a car accident
Fear of losing my daughter
Oh my list goes on and on and on and on...
My friend Sara wrote a post about fear just the other day. Then yesterday someone sent me this text about being afraid that something would happen to me, that someone would do something to me. Its not really something that I am going to post on this blog but let me say something...
I AM NOT AFRAID!
I'm not. No one can take anything from me that God can't either put back in my hand or replace with something better if He so chooses. There is nothing that can happen to me that God cannot be glorified in. There is nothing to fear.
That someone talked about a storm that we may go through, I instantly thought of Mark 4 (though I had to look up the verse) where the disciples are in a boat, there is a storm, and they are afraid, Jesus tells that storm “Quiet! Be still!” and the storm calms down. Sometimes I think there are truly storms in our life that toss us about, and we need to just hang on to Jesus and be still, and let Him handle the storm. He says to the disciples He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Man, I don't want Jesus to say that to me, I want to believe in the best and the worst of times that my faith in Jesus is enough to conquer any storm.
Jesus also says that you only need faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain (Matt 17). So here I go, with mustard size faith (it seems that way sometimes) and a Mighty God to say, I am not afraid.
Whatever comes my way, let God be glorified! He loves me!
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love