Kris: “Remind me to talk to your doctor Thursday about the H1N1 vaccine.”
Me: “Haven’t we already discussed this with him?”
Kris: “Yes, but I need more clarification. There could be over 90,000 U.S. deaths this flu season.”
Thankyousokindly for giving me something else to worry about. It’s not like I’m not already consumed with my Anna’s pre-school assignment on decorating her family shield. A little Hobby Lobby here. Some photo printing there. It’s kind of a big deal, yes?
It’s easy to give into the ugly, four-letter word, FEAR. And, I’m not talking about a pre-school project. I’m talking about things that can create an emotional response to circumstances beyond our control. If I allow it, I can downright talk myself into a fear frenzy. I began doing just that last night while talking to my dad. I briefly paused, and these words fell off my tongue:
“We just need to pray protection.”
Oh, well, there ya go. Let’s invite God in. Swell idea? How often I make God the size of my biggest problem.
He’s already told us what to do with our fear. He said our fear can just go straight to hell.
Okay, that’s not exactly what He said. But, He did say this:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Gotta love the KJV)
Oh, and this:
The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
No matter what the day brings, I know I have nothing to fear. Because, nothing can separate me from His presence. When I walk through the waters, He will be there. When I walk through the fire, He never leaves my side.
And, so I say to FEAR: You can go straight to hell.
And, Big Mama would follow that declaration up with a little tongue talkin’.