When was the last time you did something really scary? The kind of scary that knots your stomach and weakens your knees? The kind of scary that makes you feel like everything is out of control?
I was reading an article this week that listed some of the things parents said their kids were really terrified of…
One mum wrote, “I have three-year-old twins who both have a fear of leaves. If there is a leaf on the ground they will do everything possible to walk the opposite direction. My daughter won’t even come close to it. She will stand there and cry until I pick her up.”
Ellie Griffis wrote, “My four-year-old has reoccurring nightmares that he is being beaten up by Winnie The Pooh. He wakes up crying, ‘Winnie the Pooh hit me and kicked me and bit me!’”
Heather Crammond said, “My daughter is afraid of sandwiches. She will eat a piece of bread, but put two pieces together with anything in between and she starts screaming and backing away like it’s a spider.”
Brain Marcus said, “This will sound crazy but my son has a deep fear of bagpipes. We have no idea how this happened but you cannot even say the word without tears flowing.”
Fear is an interesting emotion.
It protects us from doing the really dumb stuff but it also keeps us from taking important risks and doing what we know we should.
It causes some people to run in the oppose it direction
Fear stops some people dead in their tracks…
Some people don’t pay attention to their fears at all
Sometimes our worst fears do happen! That’s the extraordinary thing them, once in a while our fears can predict the future. Read in the right way our fears are an amazing gift of our imagination – a way of glimpsing the future while there is still time to influence how that future may play out.
Fear is like a well-written story. We are the authors. It has characters, a plot with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
We board the plane, it takes offs, the engines cut out and….
Fear, like any story, hinges on the question…what happens next?
One of the passages in today’s bible reading talks about fear, it says: “The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)”
The passage is an encouragement to invite God into our story…we will still get scared by things and face difficult choices…but ultimately we will never face our fears alone.
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