My husband claims I'm afraid of many things. Personally I think I've overcome many fears over the years of my time in Brazil. I've found 3 inch scorpions on my desk chair and called my boys to come take pictures. I've helped my boys catch green snakes for their viewing pleasure. I learned to catch and hold pet iguanas to move them from cage to box for temporary holding. And I even overcame one of my greatest fears of all, wildly jumping from the big boat down to the sand without regard for possible broken limbs or dignity.
|Scorpion on my office chair.|
|Makeshift kitchen on week long boat trip. This was when I jumped in the water to rescue my water jug.|
|Notice the closed eyes - it was from flying sand - not fear!|
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
And yet I fear. I'm afraid of the future. I'm afraid of what it holds. I'm afraid of what will happen. I know God loves me and I know His love is good. But sometimes the fear is just so overwhelming. It's like that time I decided to get up on the stupid camp donkey for a little ride. Everybody does it. I take a turn and the donkey sat down - practically on top of my legs wrapped around its girth.
I've worked on my "fears" over the years. I thought I was doing fairly well. But what does one do when the pangs of grief and no courage take hold?
Ask for help
Remember WHO is in control
Take off again
It's not a perfect formula. The fear may come back - again and again. But I can work hard to overcome and cast it out.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?