…I will fear no evil. Psalm 23:4
David wrote this urging those filled with fear to look to God our shepherd and “fear no evil.” He could make the claim because as a shepherd he knew where to look. “You are with me. Your staff and your rod, they comfort me.”
Rather then turn to the other sheep, David turned to the Shepherd. Rather than stare at the problems, he stared at the staff and the rod. Because he knew where to look, David could safely say “…I will fear no evil.” Rather than focusing on the fear, we can learn to focus on the solution. David did and we can too.
My friends know me as an avid swimmer and walker. I don’t swim or walk particularly fast. And compared to marathoners, I don’t walk far. But I get out and I move. I started exercising years ago because I was diagnosed with asthma and my family has a history of heart disease. I don’t want to live in fear of my asthma, or keep my doctor on speed dial, so I swim and I walk.
I exercise in whatever neighborhood I’m in. As the sun is rising, I’m walking. And sometimes, as I’m walking my body’s groaning. I’m over forty and it doesn’t always want to cooperate. The balls of my feet complain and I get short winded. And when I swim, I swim the backstroke so I can breathe easier.
Over the years, I’ve learned I have three options when I experience fear: 1) I can go home. 2) I can focus on my shortness of breath until I work myself into a full blown asthma attack or 3) I can keep going and be able to watch the sun come up. Boynton Beach is the perfect front row seat for a sunrise. And as the world would change from darkness to light, so would my attitude. Any shortness of breath suddenly disappearing as I fixed my eyes on the miracle before me.
It’s alright to have fears, just don’t try to deal with them alone. Take them to the Father. Pound your fists, cry some wicked tears and open your heart to the Shepherd. Be specific in your prayer. Jesus prayed, “Take this cup.” Share the details of the job transfer, health issue, relationship problem or financial worry.
God has plenty of time He doesn’t think our fears are foolish. He won’t tell you to get over it. He KNOWS how you feel. And He knows what you need. Instead of carrying the weight of the burden of fear on your shoulders, talk to the One who holds the world on His. Hope is only a look away. So, what are you looking at?