Monday, March 9, 2015

No Fear





Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

“Make them stop! I can’t see where we’re going!” The ride to the top of the wooden rollercoaster in Elitch Gardens in Denver provided a breath-taking view. When we started down the first descent, I couldn’t breathe at all. My glasses flew over my head. I was certain I was going to die without seeing what killed me. I spent the entire ride yelling, “Stop!”

I am as blind as can be without my glasses. The thought of being left helpless is frightening. Whenever I peer over the edge of a mountain cliff or bridge, my hand instinctively goes to my glasses. When something lies ahead, but we can’t see it coming, it’s a frightening feeling.

Joseph had no idea what lay ahead as he lay in the cistern, wondering why his brothers hated him, fearing he would die, knowing his father would grieve. It is usually a blessing not to be able to see the future. However, we would miss out on many experiences, and spend our lives in fear if we knew what was ahead.

Spiritual blindness is just as frightening as physical blindness. However, we can gain spiritual insight through daily time reading the Bible, so that we know the One who does know the future. When we have confidence that God is in control, we have no need to fear. The present may be full of trial and uncertainty, but God is holding us with His everlasting arms.

I can remember my blind grandmother holding the handrail and counting the hallways which led to my grandfather’s room in the nursing home. I never remember a word of fear from her. She spent her days by his side, usually with her crochet in hand, making potholders so she had something to give to people.

As Christians we have something to give to people who are spiritually blind, insight into the mind and heart of God, hope based on our understanding of His love. We are to trust Him with all of our hearts, so we must become acquainted with His heart. When we know Him, He is able to make our path straight.

Our country faces uncertainty every day. It can strike fear in our hearts, but with spiritual insight we have no need to fear. God will make our paths straight.

© Copyright November 2, 2012, by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman


About the author:
Norma Gail’s contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, released in 2014. She is a Bible study leader, and writes devotionals for ChristianDevotions.us, StitchesthruTime blog, and “The Secret Place.” She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. She is married and has two adult children.





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5 comments:

  1. Isn't it wonderful that no matter what the day brings - God is holding us with His everlasting arms. Thank you for the reminder :)

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  2. Ah, Eliches. Yep, we go there usually once a year. I love the roller coasters, but that same feeling comes as we crest the top of the hill. LOL.

    This is a great thought, Norma. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I can't deal with Elitches either!

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  3. One of my favorite scripture verses is from Isaiah 43. "Fear not, for I have called you by name. You are mine." Great post!

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