Have you ever been genuinely afraid? Has something ever scared you to the point where you literally could not move? Perhaps it was something that shook you to your very core, a moment in time that you will never be able to forget no matter how hard you try. Something so terrifying that it is permanently engraved in your memory. Fear can grip someone so tightly that it disables their ability to function. What is it that stops you in your tracks? What brings fear to your innermost being? What scares you?
Maybe it was a scary moment as a child when a snake slithered nearby or a furry spider jumped on your arm. Or it might have been sometime today when someone came up behind you and yelled, “Boo!” Quite possibly, it was the moment you discovered you were terribly afraid of heights or thunderstorms. Perhaps it could have been the moment you sent your son or daughter off to war, wondering if you would have another opportunity to hold them in an embrace. Or it may have been the moment you sat anxiously in the waiting room, hoping and praying that your mom, dad, child, or other loved one would survive. Granted, there are countless things that frighten all of us.
Right now, millions of people are without power along the East Coast of the United States. Many lives have been lost. Homes and businesses have been destroyed. A staggering number of people have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and the super storm in one way or another. And I know that many of these people are scared. They may be evacuees who are afraid of what they will find when they are finally able to return home. Or they may be trapped, unable to leave their place of residence due to the treacherous floodwaters, scared that they may not make it out alive. I’m sure the emergency workers on the scene are frightened as well, wondering if they will be able to bring everyone to safety. Needless to say, it is certain that a storm of this magnitude embodies a great deal of fear. Fear of devastation, fear of dying, fear of the unknown.
In life, we will encounter many scary situations. Some of the things we encounter will be somewhat insignificant, like our first job interview or the first time we drive through a violent storm. Others will seem monumental, like the moment we sit next to a loved one who is fighting for their life. In all of these situations, one thing remains true. God will always be with us, helping us and comforting us when we are afraid. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Jesus Christ knows where you are at this very moment. He knows if you are positioned somewhere along the East coast, frightened by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the super storm, and dangerous blizzard conditions. He knows if you are in a hospital somewhere, either fighting for your own life or waiting alongside someone else who is fighting for their own. And He knows if you are afraid that you will not make the right decision concerning a big move or a new job opportunity. Jesus Christ knows what frightens you. He knows your innermost thoughts. Ask Him to calm your fears. Call on His name. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. Don’t focus on what scares you. Focus on Jesus.
In Christ’s Love,