I have a vivid childhood memory of waiting on my Dad to get home. Others may have a similar memory. At my house, the rule was: If you get in trouble at school, you are in trouble at home (That attitude might solve a number of issues today!). What was the problem?
Just say I had really messed up, about as much as a 7-8 year old can mess up. Mom knew it before I got home and she didn’t even address the matter. When the preacher’s kid gets in trouble it seems everyone knows it. “Wait on your Dad,” was all I heard from her. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. There is fear and anxiety in waiting. I knew I was in trouble. What was going to happen? We’ve all been in that situation know the uneasy feeling of that knot in our stomach.
I bring it up because we know all too well how to be afraid. We wait, and we fear. There is the unknown, and we fear. There is the unexpected, and we fear. When a new and wonderful thing happens, we fear. But wait! Doesn’t our God work in ways we do not understand? Aren’t His ways devised to confound those who claim to have wisdom and knowledge? Isn’t He the God of the unexpected and the new and the miraculous? Now, hear this:
Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD, Psalm 31:24.
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD, Psalm 27:14.
Remember, perfect love casts out fear. Knowledge and experience of the Lord’s great love conquers fear. Don’t learn much about His love and you’ll fear almost everything. Dive into the depths of His great love and you’ll find fear conquered.
Soli Deo Gloria!
- “a Lamp Unto My Feet” (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)