Monday Morning Motivation
Fear of the Unknown
Brodie and the Grocery Bag
On your typical day, my dog Brodie is not afraid of bags. He is not fearful of handbags, grocery bags, or trash bags. He is not even scared of tea bags. But this was not your typical day. It was cold, and the sky was gray. There was a slight breeze, just enough to transform a plastic bag into an object of fear, at least for Brodie.
We were taking one of our multiple daily walks when Brodie’s confident gait altered. His tail went down, his fur began to stand on end, and I heard a low guttural sound that I only heard when the UPS truck stopped in front of the house. I scanned the horizon in search of the cause of this behavior, and there it was, a small plastic grocery bag in a bush swaying in the breeze. I knew what it was, and because of this, I felt no fear. On the other hand, Brodie saw something that he could not interpret, and because it was an unknown, he was struck by fear.
Do I think that we will never experience feelings of fear because of our faith in God? When we get a devastating diagnosis, do we walk away smiling? When our spouse files for divorce, do we laugh as they walk out the door? When a tragedy invades our lives, do we dance in the streets? I would have to say no to all of those questions.
I believe that we, like Brodie, can’t always interpret the full meaning of our fear. Many times it is a fear of the unknown that is the most disconcerting. I, too, believe that what we fear is not unknown to God, which is why He says not to be afraid. God walks beside us, strengthens us, and understands the outcome of all of our circumstances.
You understand us and know that there are times we are afraid. Please help us to give You our fear; we know You can handle it far better than us. Help us to deal with the situations that make us fearful, and please guide us in the direction that You would have us go and help us be a light for You no matter our circumstances. Amen
God tells us not to be afraid because He knows more than we do. When the feeling of fear begins, stop for a moment, pray for guidance, and give that fear to God. Remember, He is always with us and will never leave us or forsake us.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.