You read the news and you’re scared.
Someone you love is facing a health crisis and you’re scared.
You’re facing challenges in a personal relationship and you’re scared.
Are you a fearful Christian?
Confession… I am.
I have this illness called anxiety which paves the golden road to fear.
It’s hard to admit that I’m fearful, but through prayer and study of scripture, I have gained some insights into fear.
This past summer I had a health scare. A lump which previously wasn’t of concern, now was.
As the doctor expressed his concern, I felt winded and my mind tumbled through multiple worst-case scenarios. In the hours that followed, I cried, I googled various types of cancers, I read through my life insurance policy, and I even tweaked my final blog post for when I die (yes, I have one).
Friends, I plummeted into sorrow and self-pity. It wasn’t until I broke completely, that I cried out to God.
Yes, you read that right. I went through all of this self-inflicted torment before crying out to God. Of course I had whispered short prayers to Him, but I didn’t truly lean on Him. I didn’t get on my knees and confess my fear. I didn’t place everything in His hands.
It wasn’t until I was completely broken that I reached out and begged for God’s help.
I unfortunately do this more than I care to admit. I come to God when I’m completely broken rather than before I break. Do you do this too?
I recently got some clarity on why I do this….
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them,“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matthew 8: 23-27 (ESV)
I have read this scripture so many times and understood it as the miracle of Jesus calming the wind and the sea. I have seen this scripture as evidence of Jesus being the powerful and almighty Son of God.
However, there is so much more to this scripture.
This scripture was meant for us when we get fearful.
Just a couple chapters previously, we learned that the disciples were with Jesus when He performed miracles. They saw him make a paralytic man walk, and witnessed him cast out a demon. How could they possibly be fearful of a storm?
As I reflected on this scripture I thought about how we are bound to face storms in life. We may feel powerless and it may seem like everything is out of control, but this scripture reminds us:
Never forget who’s in the boat with you.
Friends, you are not alone. God is with you.
Despite the crashing waves and the tossing of your little ship, you will never be lost at sea. The Lord loves you and wants you to know just how precious you are to Him.
If we can remember who’s in the boat with us, we’ll never be fearful again.
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