My Grace-Full Life

7.5.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Fears

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• So… the annual apocalypse is over.
At least in my dog’s mind.
My dog Beth spends every Fourth of July in sheer terror.
It’s the worst holiday of the year at our house.
We can’t leave her when she’s scared because we worry she’ll get destructive in her panic.
We can’t have people over because we can’t entertain while dealing with an 80-lb neurotic dog who is convinced the next firework is coming straight at her.
We’ve tried everything—thunder coats, Benadryl to make her sleepy, essential oil treatment… we can’t put Beth in a kennel because that actually makes things worse.
We just have to “ride out the storm,” so to speak.
Last night she hid in the corner behind the recliner, then got stuck and I had to move the furniture to get her out.
Then, we talked her into going downstairs to the basement where she wedged herself under my legs and between the couch.
If she could have gotten under the couch, that’s where she would have gone.
It’s pitiful to watch.
As I sat there with my legs over her back, I could feel her whole body shaking with fear.
And I couldn’t help but think how like Beth we can all be.
We all have fears.
I’m terrified of bugs.
My fear tends to provoke a reaction that makes my husband nuts, but it’s my instinct to scream when a bug gets near me.
Honestly, I don’t even realize I do it until after the panic subsides.
But I have a bigger fear.
A fear that is so big, I’d rather hold a handful of bugs with a terrifying butterfly on each shoulder while crickets jump at me than have it become a reality.
You know what I mean.
The kind of fear that causes us to lose sleep and wring our hands in worry.
This is a fear that has cropped up in recent years and it’s a daily thing for me to take it to God.
Because only He can handle it.
But as much as that fear wants to terrorize me, I am trusting.
Because the Lord said in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
He doesn’t want me to be afraid.
Fretting over the unknowns and what-ifs don’t help, and certainly, nothing gets solved when we dive under the couch to hide.
Though we all have fears, we serve a God who is bigger than all of them.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
So for us to hand our fears over to God and trust Him is a step of faith.
The diagnosis may be bleak, but we know Who is in control.
The finances may be strained when an unexpected expense comes, but God wasn’t surprised.
A call may come we don’t want to answer, but the thing to remember is that God knows.
When we trust that He has a plan, it makes our fears diminish because we believe the truth of Romans 8:28–“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Today, as you pray, thank God for being bigger than all fears.
Not some of them; all of them.
There is no curveball that life can throw that God isn’t prepared to catch.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hand your fears over.
To surrender them to the only One who can make the storm pass and see you safely through to morning.

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