One hot, summer night at an amusement park, I heard the words I’ve been dreading. “Mom, I want to ride that roller coaster, and I’m tall enough now.” My anxiety set in. What if she is traumatized? What if the seatbelt doesn’t fasten correctly? My mind was spinning out of control. Even though I was scared, I let her. She absolutely loved it and wanted to ride the other roller coasters too! But, I’m taking baby steps
On a more serious note, it is easy (and sometimes even natural) to be crippled with fear. I worry about the health of my loved ones. After 9/11, I was afraid to fly. I have anxiety about making good decisions as a mom. I worry about how others perceive me. Now, I even think about what could happen at a movie theater. Whatever worldly worry we have, fear robs us of living. While worrying, we waste the limited time God has given us here to love and serve others.
God does not want us to worry or be anxious. He knew there would be pain and suffering in this world, but He promised that we can find peace in Him. He is the answer.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Life is a roller coaster. We have success, failure, happiness and tremendous sadness. It is unpredictable, with highs and lows. Through it all, I want to replace my anxiety and worries with prayer, only the peace God can give.
The Bible says we are only to fear God. Proverbs 9:10 says, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” By fearing God, we make wise decisions. We are accountable for our actions. We remain humble, continually questioning our motives and choices.
In Proverbs 3:7 we learn, “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” What would happen in our world if we all feared God? What if the Colorado shooter had turned away from evil and truly feared God?
I’m challenging myself to let go of my worldly worries, pray instead and fear nothing, but our perfect God. As we live in God and try to become more like Jesus, His love will erase all fear.
“God is love … as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.” 1 John 4:16-18