Fear. Such a simple, yet powerful 4 letter word.
As a little girl, I was riddled with fear. I remember I used to fret over many things: was my mom going to forget to pick me up from daycare, would we really run out of water because of the drought they were talking about on the news, might someone try to take me while we were at the store, would my parents get into a car accident on their way to pick me up from school, were my parents going to get a divorce because they got into a (silly) fight after dinner.
EVERY little worry filled me with SO MUCH fear as a child.
I’ve talked about it before, but I do think a lot of my fears stemmed from what I was going thru as a child at the time. My brother is a drug addict, and he has been since he was 15 years old (maybe even before this time, I really am not sure). My brother is 9 years older than me, so as he began his struggles of addiction, I was about 6 years old.
My parents are the most amazing parents you’ll ever meet and have been married for 45+ years. As much as they tried to shield me from seeing all of this, I was still bound to see and hear things and come to my own conclusions of what was going on at the time.
I was so insecure as a child because of these fears. And even now, I can still see myself slipping back into these same insecurities and fears. And being a mother myself now, oh my! Those fears are magnified by 19038447581 times over!
It is one thing to fear for yourself, but to fear for your children is a whole other level. My babies, they are a piece of me and a piece of the person I love most in this world.
With everything that has been going on in the world recently, it’s brought up some new fears.
What kind of world will my babies grow up in? Will I be able to protect them in every situation? What if they lose me? What if I lose them? What if I fail them?
Some of my fears are rational, some are irrational. Nonetheless, I decided to write about what the Bible says about fear.
I wanted to share 3 simple scriptures that can transform your mind and calm your hearts to trust in the maker of the stars.
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”
Wow! Talk about calling people with fearful hearts out! This was written especially for me! I love the reassurance that his scripture gives, along with the resilient description of our God. He will come with a VENGEANCE to save you!
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 56: 3-4
Is this how you respond when you are afraid? I love the promise this scripture brings. The promise that if we trust in him, that trust WILL drive out all fear. AMEN!
13 For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
This scripture speaks to my soul, it reminds me that I am never alone. God wants to reach out, take my hand, and help me. I just need to let him.
The way I see it, when we are afraid, we can either do one of 3 things: become a slave to the fear and let it overtake our lives, try to take on our fears on our own and become overwhelmed by the task, or allow God to take over and conquer our fears for us.
I choose option number 3! It is so hard to surrender our fears over to him, but he is the ONLY one who can truly defeat our fears, if we let him.
What fears do you have that are hard for you to surrender over to God?