The Relativity of Fear

This morning my daughter lept into my lap from her bed saying, “Mommy, Mommy, I hear noise.” Thunder rolled once again outside. In her mind, the thunder was rolling directly outside her window. “Mommy, Mommy, I hear again.” She curled up, hugging her duck, and hid her face in my nightshirt.

This afternoon, I checked the radar for tropical storms that may roll up to Florida before we fly out next Saturday. There are currently three contenders. Some folks have pointed out that hurricanes may hinder our trip. I worry a little, but not a lot. Thoughts of past thunderstorms coinciding with flights and roller coaster sized drops linger in the back of my mind.  I worry about the way it would affect Partycake if we found ourselves in such a situation.

Then I read two news articles. The first about families, orphans, newborns, fleeing to the jungles of India because they are Christians. Their churches are being burned, their friends tortured and killed. I think about the children we have sponsored in India. Simply, I wish I knew that they were safe.  The second article I read is about a young woman who was to be a suicide bomber in Baghdad. A victim of circumstance, unknowing of a loving God, and limited by society, she nontheless realizes that she does not want to kill innocent people. She is now sentenced to a prison term, during which she may become a victim yet again.

Fear to each individual is as different as our dwellings, yet really in one way is the same. My daughter fears thunder because she cannot see it. The families in India fear for their lives because not only are violent protesters forcing them from their homes, but now they are hiding in jungles where they cannot always see the wild animals to whom they are prey and do not know how they will feed their children.  Many women in war torn countries cannot see  past violence and poverty because it is the norm of their daily lives.

Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If I could share that knowledge with all who fear in daily life, I would. There is a way past fear; it is Christ. With Christ as your Savior, there is nothing to fear. He abolished it the day He rose from the grave.  Yes, we all do have fears, but their outcome we should not be concerned with because He is in control and if we give it all up to Him, we can be assured that we will have peace. This life may torment us, it may challenge us beyond our reasoning. We will not understand why such awful things happen, but somehow, someway we will ultimately be taken care of.  We should care and we should be concerned and we should pray from the depths of our being. It is okay to care for the needs of your families and we should strive to overcome our circumstances. I’m not saying that we should throw caution away. Merely, I am stating that there is a way past fear and into inexplicable peace.

We all fear what we cannot see, what we cannot foretell. Fortunately, the Author of creation does see and knows our needs and our fears before we ever speak them. In that, I rest.

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