No one enjoys being afraid. Some fears seem ridiculous. Some famous people had some very interesting fears, such as:
- Walt Disney had a fear of mice
- Johnny Depp has a fear of clowns
- Gustave Eiffel had a fear of heights (and still designed the Eiffel Tower!)
- President Trump has a fear of shaking hands
There are a lot of fears that are not silly, or anything to laugh about. You may be worried about health, your job, your finances, or what life will be like in the next several months. All of those fears are understandable. The future may seem scary and overwhelming right now.
In Luke 21, the disciples were at the temple with Jesus. Jesus shared with them that the temple would be destroyed. He talked about wars, earthquakes, and famines. The future looked bleak, and the disciples were terrified. Jesus then reminded the disciples that He was in control. He assured them that he would give them wisdom, be with them always, and that not a hair on their head would perish.
Jesus promises to help us when we are afraid, too. We shouldn’t allow our fears to keep us from enjoying the life that Jesus wants us to have. Take time this week to think about the blessings that surround us, even in the face of COVID-19. Help your children reflect every day on the blessings that God showers upon us. We are so blessed to have extra time with our families. We can thank Him for providing us with advanced warning about this virus, and that we can take precautions to protect ourselves. Praise God that this is temporary, and while it may be a difficult time, good things are still to come.
When you feel afraid, take time to pray to God. Thank Him for His promises. Put your trust in Him. God is in control, and He loves you very much.