#WorthRevisit: Be Not Afraid

Since it’s the Easter Season and all, I thought I’d reprise a post from an Easter long ago.

Be Not Afraid (originally posted 04/21/2006)

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I never thought of myself as the “fearful” type. I am a worrier, to be sure. I fret, and stew, and use a lot of time, effort and energy on the “what ifs.” And I’ll freely admit to being afraid of heights, bridges, tunnels, and certain insects, big ones with mandibles of death, as “Calvin and Hobbes” would say. Surely I’m not alone there.

Then the Holy Fool published this piece on fear. He reminded me that

We fear for what we will lose.
And that fear deprives us of joy. It pillages us of peace. It shatters our confidence in life. It erodes our trust in God–our very Faith.

That was a revelation to me: fear is actually a lack of faith. And I’m not talking about bugs here–but all those “what ifs” that I worry over.

Part of the miracle of Easter is that Jesus showed us that we need not fear so much. How many times in Scripture do we see the words, “Be not afraid”–even when those times seem to be times when fear is a natural response? Even Easter, a joyful event, must have inspired fear in the disciples and others. Yet at Easter Christ won the victory for us! As the Psalmist wrote, “Cast your cares upon the Lord, and He will sustain you” (Ps. 55:22)

Sometimes it’s easier to hang onto the fears, even though they are uncomfortable, because they are familiar, than to let go and let the Lord take over. But that is exactly what we are called to do.

Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24)

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5 thoughts on “#WorthRevisit: Be Not Afraid

  1. Thank you, Barb. I really needed this reminder today. I, too, am a worrier by nature and have been nearly beside myself with the medical bills piling up around here. Your post reminded me of the pertinent and timeless message: “BE NOT AFRAID.” St. JPII is also my patron saint for the year, so I guess he is trying to tell me something!

  2. I have a ‘when it rains, it pours’ problem with fear. Every now and then all the fears I have given up to God come crashing back into my conscious again!

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