|Cuke's sticking out of jar!|
I want to chat a little about fear today. I know that someone out there has counted all the times in the Bible it says: Do not be afraid - Fear not that kind of thing. I'm not so interested in how many times it's in there, as I am with, it's brought up a lot, through out the whole Bible. Ever wonder why? I think it's because it's one of the greatest tools of the devil. I think when he opens up his bag of tricks, the easiest thing for him to use on us is fear. It cripples us to our very cells! Yet, God tells us again and again to fear not. But there we go, "I'm afraid of the dark, I'm afraid to grow old, I'm afraid to be alone, I'm afraid to leave the house, I'm afraid of _______ (fill in the black cuz you know you can!)" Anything to keep us from moving forward into God grace.
So I got to thinking about what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid of being forgotten, you know, over looked, pushed to the side, seen as forgettable. This might be why I come across sometimes as larger than life, cuz I don't want you to forget me. Time and time again, when I go to God about why He has forgotten me, you know what He say's?
Kimberly! I know you! I see you!
"But God, I use to be important and have an important job. In-fact, I've had a lot of important jobs and you took them away from me!"
I didn't take them away from you, you let them go.
"Well, that might be right, but NOW what am I suppose to be doing?! I have all this education, and experience and know how and good looks that are just being wasted on doing nothing! I've been forgotten by my past and no one knows me in my present and I'm afraid it will be like this in the future!!!"
"Well...sorta...maybe...wait a minute...I'm freaking out again aren't I?
Looks like it.
There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows!
There is no need to be afraid...
There really is no need to be afraid, really! Because God has you! He really has thoughts that aren't ours and plans that we can't even begin to get our heads around. He just wants us to pick Him, to spend time with Him, to wait on Him. Fear keeps you stuck, right where you are. I may not be crazy about where I am right now, but I'm not afraid to be where I am anymore. I'm seeking God, I'm walking through the doors that He opens, I'm trying to stay away from climbing through windows that He has shut, and I'm seeing that there really is no need to be afraid!