When fear sits beside me…

I’ve always struggled with fear. In fact, every big change in my life, even those that have been the greatest blessing, has been accompanied by fear. I was afraid to start University, and afraid to launch into my teaching career. I felt fear sitting beside me as I contemplated buying my first house and I still feel it niggling in the pit of my stomach every time I travel.

I know I’m not alone. Fear is part of the human condition, but let’s not believe that it’s unconquerable.

Carrie Fisher is quoted to have said “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action.”

Inspiring as I find this quote, the Bible does one better. It tells us that we do not need to be afraid.

The other night I was reading Psalm 27. This is the first section of Scripture that I ever memorised as a child, but this time it spoke to me in a new way.

“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?”

There are three clear reasons in this text that remind us why we don’t need to fear. First, the Lord is our light; he shows us the way. Second, the Lord is our stronghold; he anchors us with purpose and security. Finally, He is our salvation; the end-game is won and our eternity is sealed.

What can mortal man do to us?

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Night Rain is Colourful

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Have you ever noticed how colourful it is when you’re driving at night, and it’s raining?

I have distinct memories of driving home from my Grandparents’ house as a child; sitting sleepily in the backseat, looking out the windows to see colour streaked across the road in oily rivulets.

The cynic will tell you that it’s just the traffic lights, car lights, and street lights reflecting in the water, but what it creates is a vibrant kaleidoscope of night-time colour.

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The other night, sitting at the intersection I was found myself smiling at its beauty. The colours were reflected in the droplets on the windscreen like a million fairy lights lighting up the road.

Have you noticed it? If you haven’t, look for it.