By: Faith Marie
A couple weeks ago I took my younger siblings to the park for a walk. Most of the kids wanted to venture down a new path, which was narrow and filled with thick trees blocking the sunlight. My 4 year old sister took one look down the path and declared that she did not want to go down the path because she was too scared. When I asked her why she was scared, she just looked up at me with her innocent brown eyes and said, "because I don't know what's in there."
Franklin Roosevelt was right in saying, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself". Many times we have no need to fear, but it is something unknown which frightens us. My little sister's reaction seems like a perfect example of what we all fear: the unknown. She was scared of the path because she couldn't see what was down there, similar to how we are afraid when we do not know what is going to happen. It may sound silly, but it is true. That is why suspenseful horror movies are successful, because they play with our fear of the unknown. Since I am a high school senior, my classmates and I have been afraid of next year, simply because we have no idea what college is really like.
I was reflecting on the concept of fear in my prayer one night, and this is what I wrote in my journal:
"Be not afraid". 365 times you tell us Lord. Yet we still don't hear you. We forget about your infinite power and mercy, your great love and peace. When we forget your greatness, we get scared. And Jesus you know, we do what we hate when we're scared. We coil away from you because we are scared. We don't always do it on purpose, some things just happen which frighten us. But fear is not what you want from us Lord. You hope we always run to you instead of cower in fear. Our hearts are yearning for you alone, Our Savior who vanquishes all our fears. Give us the strength to always turn to you in the face of our fear instead of succumbing to our fear. You make us whole again and draw us our of fear with your outstanding love.
The reason we are afraid of the unknown is because we forget God is taking care of everything. We have no need to fear, because God has planned our lives since before He created us. He is making sure everything will work out.
Mother Teresa gave us the perfect solution when she said "Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on Him, 24 hours a day."
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