To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
Fear has to be my least favorite emotion. It is what can keep me up at night tossing and turning. It can paralyze me and make me unable to respond the way I want to. It takes away peace and joy and threatens to damage my health.
It makes me feel weak in faith. It can even make me lash out at those I love.
Today was a good day because it was the first one in over a week that I felt its absence.
Must be why the Bible is full of verses giving us reasons not to fear. God knows we are prone to it. I am prone to it.
The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalms 23:4)
Thinking about how nice it is to have peace.