Just Come Clean…I Was Afraid!
By Mavis Tipton
I wonder how many of you have ever been afraid or fearful, but didn’t want to admit to it?
Last year that is how I was most of the time. The unknown of what was going on in Buddy’s body kept me praying, and many others were praying as well, and I will be forever grateful for all the prayers.
I thought I was resting and trusting in the Lord for his health to return, and I was, but deep down I was fearful I would lose him.
I thought that if I didn’t voice that fear it would go away, and besides I’m a child of God I’m not supposed to be afraid…right? Wrong I was, and wrong I should have told God my fear.
The problem was I didn’t realize it, until Buddy was on the road to recovery, that I had been living in fear.
After things settled down and began to return to normal, I started seeing how the stress and strain and fear had affected me.
As I thought about it, I was shocked that the enemy had subtly been overshadowing my life. How could this happen…because that is his job to sneak in and hide behind things, so we don’t see him.
When you discover his tactics he begins again, by saying, ”you can’t admit to that. People will think you are weak, and where is your faith?”
But I have good news for you he is a liar, a deceiver, a robber, and we have the power over him.
Psalm 56:2-4 “I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”
Everyone feels afraid at one time or another. It is what we do with fear that matters. Do we choose to trust in the Lord, or in our situation? Do we set our eyes on the Lord, for He is greater than anything we fear?
Do we learn from our situations and move forward determined and stronger in the Lord for what we have experienced, because the Lord never left or forsook us? He carried us through, as only He can do…why? Because He loves us more than we will every fully understand.
Webster defines afraid as being; impressed with fear or apprehension.
Phil 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
If I just would have admitted to God my fear, He would have taken care of it, and given me the peace I needed, but I allowed pride to get in the way.
As a parent/grandparent, I want to fix things for my family, and sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t. God the Father can fix things for His children anytime, anywhere. All we have to do is…humble our self and ask.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving your children with an everlasting love. Nothing is too great or small for you to take care of. Please bless all who read this blog and give them hope and peace. In Christ Jesus’ name. Amen.
Years ago, we use to sing the song “Trust and Obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”