I have been watching my friends be way more transparent during this season. Even though we’re all meeting in our small groups through a screen, with all this spare time, the things that have bubbled up in the space are too hard just to ignore. There is an anxiety that seems to lurk below the surface of so many of us. I wonder why it took a global pandemic to admit how much fear shapes our behaviors, habits, and outlook?
In his book, Own the Moment, Carl Lentz calls fear a sleazy peddler who makes his money selling things that never happen somewhere in the future. I have thought about this a hundred times, and the illustration seems to work for me. I would go a step further and say that I bet that fear gets a bonus when it can convince us that we are the only ones worried about it.
CS Lewis wrote:
“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another, “What! You too?'”
I think that is the power of the Bible.
I am working through a theory that there is not one book of the Bible that didn’t have a portion dedicated to one of God’s people being afraid.
Afraid of people against them.
Afraid of being left out.
Afraid to make a mistake.
Afraid of not having future provision.
Afraid of not having the right skills.
Afraid of not being in the right position.
Afraid of timing.
Afraid of not being enough.
Afraid of public opinion.
Afraid of family.
Afraid of not being protected.
Afraid of exposure past poor choices.
Afraid of a child’s future.
Afraid of rejection.
Those written moments were/are living and breathing examples of how, in every fearful circumstance, God showed His people through it.
Are you afraid? Of course you are. You are human. Now remember that you are in good company, and everyone else on this planet knows fear too. God promises that He will show you a way through it…just ask Him. While you’re waiting for His solution tell a friend because I bet they have a similar fear.
“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” Ecclesiastes 4:12
We will get through this together!
In His Service and at yours!