“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do…”
(Luke 12:4 ESV)
I have always battled fear. As a little kid, I had nightmares that sent me running to my parents’ bedroom. As a teenager, I was too scared to be home alone. Now, anxiety plagues my mind. I remember being given verses like this and becoming so frustrated I couldn’t see straight. Do they think I want to be scared? Soon enough, that frustration moved from those who were telling me these verses to God Himself. Over and over again, I plead with Him that I did not want to live in fear. So how was it that I could possibly just all of the sudden stop being scared all of the sudden? Then I turned to scripture on my own and God’s words stood off the page in a way I had never seen them before. He showed me that it isn’t about just stopping the fear. It is about putting it in perspective. Yes, someone could hurt me here on this earth. Yes, my body is not safe. It is in danger and will go back to dust at some point in the future. But none of those things are eternal. The fear I feel cannot possibly be from this earth because my hope lies in something and Someone much bigger than this world. My fear is coming from the forces of darkness. The forces that tell me this is all I have. We cannot conquer our own fear, Beloved. But we can remind ourselves of the one who holds our fear. Contextualize your anxieties, sister. Our God is holding the things that we fear, and He will hold us into eternity.
Jesus, thank you for going far beyond this world. You are the Eternal God who has the power to crush my fears. Help me to see this world–all its pain included–for what it is. Help me remember your power and its weakness. I love you, Lord. Here are my anxieties. Take them from me.