the UNKNOWN

August 20, 2013

fear

Since the early years of our lives we have developed this fear of the unknown.  I can remember when i was a little boy and would wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, but in order to do so i would have to walk down a hallway that lead to our family/living room area which seemed to have a strategically placed bird cage.  A place that, at night, was darker than dark and a bird cage that surprisingly enough, at night, looked like a silhouette of a body. At least- it did to a 3rd grade boy.  At night before i could muster up enough courage to rush down the hall to the restroom, i would often find myself standing, staring.  Staring at this silhouette to determine if it was an intruder, there to take me and my family into captivity or if it was that good old bird cage. In the middle of the night, in the pitch black, its amazing what the mind can make up or “see” often the bird cage would appear to move if i stared long enough.

Now that I am a father, I am starting to see the same fears stirring in my children.  “Daddy, come with me”, is a phrase I hear often when it comes to traveling downstairs at night to get something.  The more i thought about what is now in my mind an irrational fear, i understand that the dark, is merely the beginning of a fear that cripples most people to this day.

The fear of the UNKNOWN.

Whether it be with decisions to be made, life paths to choose, places we go, the unknown is always one of the things that causes us to hold back on making a decision or trying something out.  Fear and the unknown often go hand in hand.  So how do we work with the unknown, how do we take something that can be so crippling and overcome it?

The bible says, in one of its most famous Psalms, “Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.” (Psalm 23:4 the Voice translation). In this Psalm, David’s fear of the unknown, even the ultimate unknown- death – is overshadowed and replaced by God’s comfort.  As we move through life we can choose to try and control the unknown or embrace God in the times of uncertainty and look to His Word for clarity and comfort.  Jesus promises us to be a light in darkness.

Where do you need some light to shine on the dark areas you are going through?

 

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