What freaks you out? “Freak out” is such a common term because it is such a familiar state of mind. We all know what it means to be paddling along a smooth river in our virtual life kayaks and have some sea monster of circumstance thrust itself up from the icy deep. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
How often the Bible tells us not to be afraid. Why? Because we are good at being fearful. It’s one of our comfortable defaults. New circumstance? Fear. Loss of income. Fear. Rough and bumpy back road with sheer cliff on either side? Fear. Things that could happen? Double fear. We get it well.
Funny how our fears change our perspective. Fear isn’t productive as it drains the creativity and energy needed to climb today’s mountains, or in the case of Moses and company to travail the deserts.
Here’s an excerpt from Exodus 14. “But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Faith trumps our default mechanisms. Our human nature tells us to stress ourselves out, as if that helps the situation. Faith in the Lord tells us to place our trust for today and tomorrow in the hands of the Almighty. And then step out and calmly put one foot in front of the other. There is a promised land. And with trust instead of fear, there is a journey to enjoy along the way.