Dealing with Deep Fears
by Rev. Tom Gray
What are you afraid of? Spiders? Dogs? Those are fears that can be readily addressed because they involve simple things that can be avoided or dealt with. How about fear of death, desertion, pain? Not so simple.
First, we need to name our fears to identify what’s really going on. When I was a child, I was terrified of camera flashbulbs. Odd, right? Well, earlier on, I’d asked my dad about the A-Bomb. It was shortly after WWII and kids ask. My dad assured me if the worst happened, I could tell if I needed to take cover. There would be a bright flash. (“duck and cover”). I needed a better definition of “flash.”
You can tell that this is what I would call a rational irrational fear. You can tell why I’m afraid, but quickly assure me that my fear is baseless.
Fear can be deep and even disabling. I hope that, even as an adult, you have someone you can go to if you are deeply fearing something. Asking someone for help means you can begin to get an answer. It doesn’t mean you are wrong or weak. It just means you need help.
You can also go to the source of peace:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
These are the very words of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.