‘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.’
Actually, I can fully relate to this toddler’s response. I hate being exposed to heights. I’m talking about the sort of fear that comes from being outside and high up with no protection around me. That said, I’m surprisingly okay with travelling on an airliner at 30,000 feet but a 40 foot single walkway across the main road or cliff face….
Perhaps not so strangely, we all have fears that affect us in different ways. While one person fears spiders, another loves them but hates snakes. A person who is not scared of heights may find themselves running for the door when asked to hold an open box of maggots. The truth is that God has made each of us different – unique – so that each of us has the potential to reveal Christ in a way that is particular to our personality, emotions, intellectual background and gifting. Of course, the change doesn’t come from within us but is the work of God’s Holy Spirit who little by little brings change so that we are less fearful, or more generous, increasingly kinder, not so judgmental, approachable, servant-hearted and so on.
This week, remember that our Creator who faced fear and death himself, also deals with our fears by strengthening and upholding us. Moreover, the promise that God lives within each of one of us is truly remarkable as we are never alone in whatever it is we are facing – Christ in you, the hope of glory!