|© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.|
A surfer looks at a scene like this and thinks, "Surfs up dude," and grabs his surfboard. I look at it, see the dark sky and think, "Could be a rip tide. This is a dangerous situation." I'd imagine the undercurrents pulling me out to sea. I grew up in Huntington Beach, California. I could body surf but could NOT stay on top of a surfboard : ) Still have to remind myself the sun rises in New Jersey, and sets in California... It's supposed to be dark.
Fear is good when it's based on rational thoughts that keeps us out of danger. It can also be bondage when it comes from the imagination. We're getting ready for a vacation next month. There's one family member we'll be visiting that says things that make me feel knee high to a grasshopper. Every time I think about it, my hands start sweating and I get this muscle spasm in my back. I prayed and asked God for wisdom and counsel.
What came to mind was a quote, "There is nothing to fear, but fear itself." Theodore Roosevelt
Err... I usually get Bible verses when I ask for wisdom, guess the Lord likes this quote too : )
I repeated it over and over and realized I was being silly. She won't eat me, or cause permanent damage. She's just not good with words. I need to keep this in perspective.
The context of this verse is where Peter was warning against being taken by false teachers. I've always loved it because it's true of so many things. If I am overcome by: fear, addiction, doubt, belittling myself, lies about God, or other people's opinions of me, then I am in bondage. That's not what Jesus intended for us.
I found some more favorite verses that always help me.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.Looking up instead of just inside, is always good.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Feel free to comment if something comes to mind : )
Challenge sponsored by Katie Lloyd Photography.
Challenge sponsored by Internet Cafe Devotions.