First and foremost I would like to greet everyone a happy February 29th! I get excited every time I get to experience a leap year. I don’t know about you, but it feels good to know even just once, an additional day is added to our mundane three score and sixty-five days.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
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What I’d give to not be able to feel fear in my life. I can’t imagine such a liberating sense of freedom and confidence knowing that I’m not afraid of anything, come high or hell waters. But I’m not made like a robot. We all aren’t. We have been endowed with a variety of feelings and emotions that make up our entire being – one of them, being Fear. Personally, I fear a lot of things. I fear the future, sickness, tragedy, financial crises. All these calamities and diseases we so often hear on the news are so hope-draining that tomorrow’s worries already add up to our fears today.
But there is one person who conquered His own human terrors victoriously – Jesus Christ. Although He was God, His humanity subjected Him to what any normal human person goes through. And yet He was able to endure the pains of His death and the animosity of His own people against Him. How? He took His fears to the Father. He opened His heart and offered His worries at God’s feet.
Let’s do the same with ours. Let us not avoid our Valleys of despair. Instead, let us enter them with Jesus. Let us explicitly tell Him all that we fear in our lives. Be specific. He has plenty of time to listen and plenty of compassion to comfort us.
He doesn’t think your fears are foolish or silly. He won’t tell you to ‘buck up’ or ‘get tough’. He’s been where you are. He knows how you feels. And He knows what you need. _ Max Lucado