11 Jun Scary Things on Facebook at 11 p.m.
Will you choose to fear the unthinkable or trust God?
Last Monday at 11 p.m., I was scrolling through my Facebook feed (my husband Stanley hates when I do this late at night because I always see something that freaks me out.) Sure enough, I saw a post about a scary experience a woman had at Walmart where she kept running into the same strange couple who seemed overly interested in her daughter.
As I read that post, fear overwhelmed me. I go to that Walmart often and am already terrified of looking away from Ezra for even one second while in public for fear of someone trying to kidnap him.
As a new mom, I’m all too familiar with fear. There are a million things to be afraid of every day, aren’t there?
Is he breathing?
Is he gaining enough weight?
Can he climb out of the crib at night?
Is he “dry drowning” from inhaling too much water in the tub? (Yes, a real fear I have. Don’t laugh.)
Did he eat that bug off the floor?
What if he pulls the bookshelves over on him before I can anchor them to the wall?
The list goes on and on and on. Does anybody else feel this way?
And this isn’t just exclusive to this new season of motherhood. Each season of life brings its own fears.
So, here’s where the rubber meets the road for me. Each moment, I have to choose to fear the unthinkable or to trust God.
Honestly, I choose to fear the unthinkable way more often than I’d like to admit. But, I’m hoping that someday I’ll be able to say that I choose to trust God more.
Did you know that the phrase “fear not” is in the Bible 365 times? It’s almost like God knew this would be an issue for us!
Here are a few verses to think through:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
So, what will you choose today?