This afternoon, hubby and I had a conversation about fear. I had mentioned that everywhere I looked and everything I read had an element of fear. There is no one area of life that is not covered in fear.
Fear of health situations. Fear of wearing masks for fear of catching disease, fear of not wearing masks for fear of catching a virus.
Fear to state your opinions because they do not line up with what others are saying. Fear of not saying what’s on your mind for fear you are not living according to your beliefs.
Fear that the wrong person will win the election, fear that the right person will win. Fear that our country is going to hell in a hand basket. Fear that freedoms are being stripped away. Fear that our way of life will disappear. Fear that we can’t do anything about it.
Fear of kids going back to school. Fear that they won’t go back to school. Fear that if they go back to school awful things are going to affect their health.
Fear. A four letter word. Another ‘F’ word that should not be used as much as it is.
This evening I went to the store. As I pulled out of my driveway I realized it was the first time in months and months that I actually was driving in the evening. Also a first in a while was driving in the rain. I had a momentary and fleeting feeling of fear. What if it started to rain so hard I didn’t see a deer? The what ifs were short lived and I had a pleasant drive to the store.
On the way home, I looked in the sky, it was still just twilight. Part of the heavens were black and filled with stormy clouds, another part was bright blue with white thunderheads. Streaming down through the clouds was a rainbow. A bright one that filtered through the white clouds behind it.
I looked at the rainbow and smiled. I actually said out loud, “You do great work, God.” I went on to tell Him how much I loved His artistry. And then I started to remember verses from the Bible and quotes I have often heard. It was a wonderful drive home.
Genesis 9:13 in the New Living Translation says: ” I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. God promised never to destroy all life with a flood. I think of this each time I see a rainbow. ”
In 1933 FDR said in his inaugural address, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”.
2 Timothy 1:7 in the New King James Version says, ” For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
John 14:27 in the New Living Translation says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.“
All of these echoed what hubby and I talked about today. We can look at circumstances and situations and world events and live in fear or I can choose to look to God, and live in peace. Today I have chosen to live in peace, knowing that nothing is going to change if I live in fear. Fear will cripple me, harm me, cause me to withdraw and not see the beauty around me. Fear will hold me prisoner and there I will not have the freedom to live, to be me. So, while the world and our media blares fear in deafening tones, I will strive to quiet myself and see that even in storm clouds a rainbow can be seen.
Thanks for stopping by. Cathi (DAF)