Maybe it’s time to confess- often I tend to worry and obsess more about situations more than I should. As my parents have often said to me, there’s 365 times that the Lord says in the bible for us not to fear and worry- therefore, one for us to reflect upon each day. That that is entirely true. Because when we look at it from an objective standpoint, we are indeed a fearful bunch. Afraid of politics, afraid of religion, afraid of people of other races, creeds, different kinds of faith, different sexual orientations…the list goes on. And then there’s things that people are afraid of that are on a personal level- heights, spiders, snakes, bombs, volcanoes, flashing lights, noises, crowds, war movies, metal music, tomatoes, eating healthy, the gym…you get the picture. Why are we so afraid? Sometimes I wish that Adam and Eve never took that apple- but that doesn’t change that the fact that it indeed happened, and because of sin, there are things in our lives that we want to change. One of the biggest things I’m sure people want to eradicate in their lives is fear, but sometimes I think- maybe we all are afraid because we’re not fully confident in what has been promised to us and given freely by the One who created us in the first place.
Do you remember the first time you travelled to another town or city or country, by plane? Personally I’m still a little bit apprehensive about flying (and who wouldn’t be, given the current political and economic climate in the world!), however the times that I have been travelling overseas have been worth it, as I gaze upon and bask in God’s creation, and the unique structure, landmarks, and flora and fauna of a different culture. It’s also in those times when I think about the risk involved in travelling to a place beyond my comfort zone, and the implications in my risk taking in general as well.