To Fear or to Fear NotJanuary 7, 2022 Fear 2 Comments
Isn’t the snow beautiful?! One of the benefits of living in West Michigan is we get to experience the loveliest, snow-globe, lake effect, powder white snow! I’ve found this to be a wonderful tonic for my normal post-holiday blues. In a world where so much is dark and grimy and gray – God sends something that is gloriously clean and pure and white! I love it.
I heard from several people that the sermon this past Sunday night was a great blessing to them. It seems to have touched a nerve. The name of that nerve is “fear”. We all have it. We would all like to be rid of it. So, when God says “Fear not” and gives us glorious reasons for comfort and courage, it matters.
I’m forwarding you a thoughtful article by Kristin Couch entitled “Fear Not”. Here’s a snippet.
We are a funny people: planning, mapping, strategizing. We purchase gym memberships and anti-wrinkle creams, free-range this and organic that, paralyzed by anxiety of our inevitable aging and death, fearful of missing out on a life-changing blurb awaiting us on social media, and agonizing over insufficient retirement funds.
We rage against our story.
What beauty might erupt, if this year we chose instead to press into our own narrative, divinely written by God our Maker? Palms held loosely open,(Your will, God, not mine)humbly and graciously accepting his path, trusting him implicitly by way of adoration and bowed obedience?
I love that thought. What beauty might erupt this year if we chose to press into the narrative divinely written for our lives by the One who loved us and gave His Only Son so that He might lavishly bless us in Him? What would you do if you really believed that your God was as good and gracious as He says He is? What fear could you let go of? What grudge could you release? What grace could you offer to others? What generosity could you show?
May the beauty of divine love and grace erupt in our lives and flow to others in 2022.
In His Service,
Pastor Dale Van Dyke