“For the thing I greatly feared…”

“NO FEAR” – That bumper sticker has been around for a long time, yet you still see them on the back windows of vehicles or on the bumpers. I have often wondered if the phrase is applied to the vehicle to give the driver a sense of security or to send a message to onlookers – stay away, or truly the life message the owner lives by.

We are living in a time of uncertainty and if my emails are an indicator of public sentiments, I would say that fear lurks in the background. And, as if we don’t have enough fear on our own, the media is poised, ready to help us move in that direction.

What do we know about fear? Is fear bad, wrong, unavoidable, a sign of weakness or normal? Why do some people seem more fearful than others (I watched the winter Olympics and no, I would never snow board, flipping three times in the air at any age)? As a child, I wanted to be on a level playing ground, thank you very much; I wanted to be skating on level sidewalks and not downhill.

Our youngest daughter, however, seemed to have no fear of heights. If her dad went up into the attic using our ladder, then she wanted to follow him; I think she was between two and three years old. Friends who were visiting would gasp as they looked out the dining room window and watched our four year old, same daughter, climbing to the top of our swing set.

The title to today’s blog is taken from the Bible. It’s found in Job chapter 3:25. The whole verse reads, “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” The book of Job, is found between the book of Esther and Psalms, however, it is considered one of the oldest books of the Bible.

So, what do you fear? Someone once said that 70% to 80% of the things we fear never happen. Fear, anxiety, a sense of foreboding is actually common to men and women, as well as children from a very young age.

I would like to challenge you, my reader, to make a list of those things that you fear. In my next blog, I am going to share some things that I have learned about fear. I look forward to meeting with you again.









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