You’re cleaning your room, and as you pick up the broom and begin to sweep, your eyes slowly turn, and look down at the floor.
You pause and stop dead in your tracks. Your eyes widen.
Sitting there in the middle of the floor, and possibly staring back up at you, is some weird-looking, unknown, creeping thing, that you’ve never seen before.
You try to get a bit closer, but not too close, in order to examine it, and try and figure out what it may be.
You take a picture of it, and try to look it up on the internet, to get more information on this creature that has invaded your space, but to no avail.
So, What do you do?
You kill it.
Why do you kill it?
You kill it, because you don’t know what it is, and even though it may very well be harmless, you fear the possibility that it might bite you, or that it might even be poisonous.
As human beings, it’s in our nature to fear what we don’t know.
We become defensive when we come up against something unfamiliar, because we don’t know its intentions, and we can’t predict the outcome of our encounter with it.
However, we can miss out on a lot of opportunities to serve God, as well as many blessings that He may have planned for us, because of fear.
We may try our best to push the very idea of something out of our minds, because we fear what may or may not come of it.
But we don’t have to be afraid of where He is leading us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim.1:7)
We can trust God, even in the scariest and in the most unknown situations, because we know that He means us no harm.
He is a loving and awesome Heavenly Father, and He only wants good for His children.
We can rest assured, that whatever He calls us to do, He will not leave us to fend for ourselves and go at it alone, but He will be with us every single step of the way, walking beside us, encouraging us, and strengthening us.
He won’t ever leave us nor forsake us. He has all power and authority in His hands, and the universe bends to His will.
Therefore, it’s encouraging to know, that whatever new challenges we may face, with God on our side, we don’t have to fear them.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”