Saturday, November 12, 2016

Imaginary Fears

“Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud.” –Job 30:15

Sometimes Lexi scares herself when she rustles through fallen leaves. The crunch-ing of her own feet makes her jump. She jolts forward, ears back. She’s afraid of something sneaking up on her, but nothing’s there. It’s like being afraid of her own shadow. I laugh at her. Sometimes when we walk in faith, we scare ourselves with threats we conjure up. We imagine we’re menaced on every side. We’re afraid of something, but nothing’s there. And what if there were? Psalm 3:6 says, “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” Yet we exhaust ourselves boxing shadows. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”—even imaginary ones. When we walk with God, we can feel safe.

Dear God, Preserve me from scaring myself with imaginary fears. Amen

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