There is much to be afraid of. Yet even so, there is more that we need not be afraid of, even when it’s scary. Some times other folk lead us to believe that we should fear some thing or some act. Some times we convince ourselves. Think of it like the grown-up version of a child afraid of darkness and night. We are afraid in the darkness because that is when the monsters are all around.
Eventually – with no small amount of practice – we learn to move away from that fear, however large or small. We have the added strength of our friends all around us. Or we live in a safer place than we did before. Or we learned that what we thought was so scary before was just … wrong. We grew up.
In your darkest night,
walk always by faith, not sight.
The prophet Isiah wrote:
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you.
And though they are rivers,
They will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned.
Neither shall the flame kindle upon you.
For the Lord said, “I am your God, and
I will help you in your time of trouble.”.
That last line doesn’t say that “I will bring you out and put your feet on dry land,” or “I will fix everything that is wrong in your life.” The author says “I will help you,” and sometimes it is up to us to discern what that help is.
No faith system promises a free ride. They all require a bit of 2-sided work. In this case, at the time you are so afraid, the help will be there. It is up to you to discern the manner in which the help will arrive.
And so it is also up to you to not hold some sort of grudge against God if every item on your blessings shopping list isn’t granted exactly as you wanted.
Don’t be afraid of the great darkness in your life that you needn’t fear. Sometimes the help won’t some in the way of an open door to walk out, but rather as the candle to see the door on your own.
Keep watch in the dark moments and dark corners of your life. Keep the faith!