After six weeks of lock-down, we’ve got into our little routines, and sorted out our bubbles pretty well. The weather has thankfully been kind for people to go walking, and for standing outside in supermarket queues.
The covid19 virus seems to be waning worldwide, and people are starting to peep out of their hiding holes ‑ their homes, in most cases. Will it ever be safe to venture out into the big, wide world again? Some say yes, while others are not so sure.
There is more to this than venturing outside our doors and into a less secure world though. Fear, in particular, could keep us inside even if the outside world is safe.
Fear is probably the biggest threat to our peace and security.
There are different fears and worries we may experience. For some, the risk of illness is the biggest worry; and for others the risk of financial struggles, or even ruin, keeps them awake at night. Many people struggle with loneliness, and fear they won’t cope with yet more social isolation.
What would Jesus say to these fears? What did He say to His disciples struggling to keep their boat afloat in a severe storm on Lake Galilee? (John 6:16-21 Don’t be afraid!
What did He say during His sermon on the mount about financial provision? (Matthew 6:25-34)? Don’t worry!
A lack of worry isn’t the same as irresponsibility, nor does it mean a hazy resistance to facing reality. A decision not to worry is a decision to trust. But – in whom do we trust?
Jesus said, (John 14: 25-27. NIV). ‘All of this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’
Just as the threats are within, The Conqueror is also within, and He is the one who tells us not to be afraid.
The chair-lift carries its passengers through and over places that may be difficult or dangerous to cross; in this case, a park in Launceston, Tasmania.