Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Indeed. As children of God we have nothing to fear. There is no obstacle, no problem, no difficulty our God cannot overcome on our behalf. You and I know this to be true. That said, there’s a reason scripture is filled with “fear not” or “be not afraid”. It’s because people tend to experience fear.
This past weekend I went with our youngest daughter Danielle (and her future roommate Brianna) to visit the college she will attend as a freshman in the fall. We needed to make her dorm selection so we took the time to visit several possibilities. And while I’m excited for her as she begins a new season of her life, there’s a part of me that wonders, “Will she be okay?” We’re a close family and Danielle is particularly close to her mother. I felt a bit of fear/anxiety creeping into my consciousness. We prepare our children to be independent, but actually letting them go can be hard. After all, as a father I’m hard-wired to protect my children as much as possible.
The verse this morning reminds me that Danielle has a heavenly Father who goes with here where I cannot. He holds Danielle in the palm of his hand. He holds me in the palm of his hand. He holds you in the palm of his hand. This morning I’m going to let that reality sink in.
Lord Jesus, give us peace when we tend toward fear. Amen.