Jun. 6, 2016

"Are you afraid?"

I am going to the Holy Land soon. It’s my dream vacation. Some want to go to Paris. Others want to go to the Caribbean or Hawaii. Not me! I want to walk where Jesus walked! (Pictures will be posted since many of you shared with me how much you enjoy “traveling” with me.)

The most common question I’m asked is, “Are you afraid?” I am not afraid.

I believe there is a difference between being cautious and cowardly. Due to our current world condition, caution is necessary. Fear is not.

The bible teaches me that I have not been given the spirit of fear but of power and love and sound mind.

I’ve encouraged my parents and siblings to choose comfort over fear while I am away. I’ve explained to my boys that if something were to happen to me, I want them to know its ok. I’ve instructed them to share with others, “She left from the very place she’s always wanted to visit.” Seriously.

We cannot and I will not live my life with a spirit of fear. Been there; done that. I am not being foolish. I simply choose to not live in fear.

I learned some really tough but valuable lessons when my soldier son enlisted in the Army. I was afraid for him. Regardless of what the bible says, I chose fear. One night on a mission trip to Jacksonville, Florida, we took 35 teenagers to the beach making room for some down time. We stayed past dark. I remember sitting on the beach, looking up at the full moon, and praying for Todd’s safety. It was as if God Himself spoke to me reminding me that He is everywhere. Wherever I go – He’s there. Wherever my kids go – He’s there. Regardless of where my grandchildren or parents or anyone close to me goes – He’s there.

He was there before we arrived. He joins us in the journey. He remains long after we are gone. Where’s the fear in that? No fear is here.

“At what time I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.” Psalm 56:3