|Moth courtesy photobucket.com|
“Get it away from me” were the screams coming from my friend as she wildly waved her arms to protect her face.
My eyes were wide opened as I watched her fight off a small moth that had been attracted to the light in the room.
Her husband swatted at the poor moth and soon it was captured and released outside.
I had never witnessed anyone fall apart over something so insignificant in my thinking. Now if it was a mouse, I would be standing on a chair right quick, but a moth seemed silly to be so fearful.
When my friend finally calmed down, I tried to question her about this fear. Out it came; when she was a small child she viewed her mother react in like manner apparently when attacked by a moth. She reasoned that moths must be dangerous and forever after this fear was carried into her adulthood.
Often we are easily influenced by the reaction of other’s to a fearful happening.
It was FDR who said, “All we need to fear is fear itself. This means that we should be afraid of simply being afraid, because fear has torment.
If we are constantly afraid then we will not have the power to conquer many of our obstacles.
As the New Year is upon us, there are many things to consider that seem alarming. The best approach is to make a decision to fully place our trust in the Lord and allow Him to give us His peace.
This does not mean that we should foolishly, sit down and do nothing. With direction from God, we will make wise choices and walk in forgiveness and peace.
Joyce Meyer has a book by this title, “Do it Afraid” Fearful – perhaps yes, but do it anyway.
Isaiah 41:10 Don't be afraid, because I'm with you; don't be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I'm truly helping you. I'm surely upholding you with my victorious right hand."