My Granddaughter, Jadyn, was only three years old when we drove to our mountain getaway in Buena Vista Colorado. As we came over Trout Creek Pass the lush Arkansas valley unfolded before us. Just beyond the valley rose the majestic 14,000 ft Collegiate Peaks that form the continental divide.
Look carefully at this picture. It will help you will understand the conversation that followed.
“Where is our cabin?” Jadyn asked.
I pointed to five avalanche chutes that converged just above our home and said, “Our place is located right where those five lines come down the mountain.”
She stared intently at the mountains for several minutes. After a long period of silence she spoke in a timid voice.
“Can we play outside at the cabin?”
“Of course.” I said
“Will the tigers get us?”
“Jadyn, there are no tigers in the mountains!” I reassured her.
It was as if she didn’t hear me. “When do the tigers come down?”
“Jadyn, there are no tigers!” I said, more firmly this time.
With a trembling voice she responded, “But you said the cabin was right where five lions come down!”
So much for my communication skills. I said our cabin was right where the five lines come down, but she heard lions instead of lines.
That evening we talked about being afraid of things that don’t exist. We also talked about being afraid of things we can’t do anything about. Then we talked about the power of God.
I know people who become paralyzed with fear with every little pain or illness. “This must be it!” they think. “Surely I’m dying.” I know people who can’t sleep because they fear the world is ending because of whoever happens to be in political power. As a control freak, I often worry about things completely out of my control. (BTW that includes most of what happens around me.)
According to scripture we will face all kinds of “tigers” in life but none of them are greater than the power of the one who gave His life for us. On top of that, for the believer, even death has lost it’s sting. Don’t waste time worrying about imagined fears. There are no lions!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
What is your greatest fear?
How do you face your fears?
Is there such a thing as healthy fear?
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