Imagine this. 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 a strange and unfamiliar creature that you’ve never seen before.
You try to get a bit closer but not too close, so that you can examine it and try to figure out what it might be.
At this point you want answers. What is it? How did it get in here? What is its intentions? Does it come in peace? You take a picture of it and try to look it up on the internet to get more information about this creeper 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.
Sometimes, we may be hesitant to walk through new doors because we’re leery of where they lead, and we’re afraid of what may or may not be awaiting us on the inside. However, we can miss out on a lot of opportunities to serve God, as well as many blessings that He may have prepared for us because of fear.
But we don’t have to be afraid of where He’s 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 an awesome Heavenly Father and He only wants what’s good for His children.
We can rest assured knowing that in whatever He calls us to do, He will not leave us to fend for ourselves and go at it alone. He will be with us every 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 opportunities and challenges we may face, with God on our side we don’t have to fear them. He doesn’t only open doors for us, but He also gives us the courage to walk through them. With God, nothing can stand in our way. So, no need to fear! God is always near.
“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.”