19 April 2013

fear

It's been a scary week. The news is filled with horror upon horror - tragedies that strike fear and anxiety and fill our minds with "what if?". At least that's my story.
I've always been pretty fearless - until I had babies. Then suddenly I feared my own shadow when it came to all the dangers the world presents. And the very thought of something happening to one of my children? It can be crippling.

And then I remember: do not be afraid. fear not
Fear will not protect me from tragedy. From shootings or explosions or bombings or cancer or car accidents or kidnappers. Fear will not make those things go away or less likely. It won't prepare my heart for what would happen in those moments if any of it came to pass.

I have to lean into a God that promises to be with me in it. I have to plead for the parents who have suffered such loss - for their comfort, for peace, for miracles. God doesn't promise bad things won't happen, but He promises to walk with us in it. To carry us through, to provide a peace that passes all understanding, to draw us closer to Him in our sufferings and provide shelter in the shadow of His wings.

It's something I needed to be reminded of every day, many times. In weeks like these, I need to be reminded of it every hour.

He is with us. 

11 comments:

  1. love your post! Sometimes I find myself so fearful just like this week and I have to keep telling myself to not be afraid. God's got me! Have a great day:)

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  2. Thank you for posting this! Those words are very comforting!! *^_^*

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  3. beautiful reminder. thank you, carina!

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  4. Fear takes on a new meaning after having kids...I honestly don't think I could enjoy life without God...the fear would destroy me

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  5. Yes, I've had my bouts with fear this week and last. Thankfully, I've been getting the same message over and over again.

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  6. I have been stalking your blog for a couple of weeks now, but I just find it so be so lovely and inspiring! I love the story you are writing in this world through your family. Thanks for the reminder on fear... that God promises to walk with us. I always struggled with fear and anxiety, but having children has definitely taken it to a whole new level. It is a fine act to walk between shutting the world out and focusing on the here and now in front of you, while still reaching out and being light and love and compassion to the world around us. It is a fine act that can only be walked well with God.

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  7. Just read a post over at Desiring God blog....And I needed it! Fear is real and fear is okay, but we use it wrong and when we do, we suffer for it! Happy Saturday! :)

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  8. Amen girl! Such a great reminder.

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  9. so good carina. i've been such a mess this week over what happened in boston.
    that fear is so paralyzing, it could literally turn me into a hermit.
    just another reason why we need Him so much.

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  10. This is a lovely and encouraging truth. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This was a wonderful post, very spirtually fulfilling - I love seeing people praise God and His Word, it's very comforting!

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