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Thursday, March 11, 2010


I'm afraid of snakes.  I don't like real ones.  I don't like plastic ones.  I don't like pictures of them.  I don't even want to see snake-skinned boots.  I think I would have a heart attack if one came into my presence.  Really.

I once worked with a girl who had a pet snake, and she thought it would be good to bring the snake to our work place to "de-synthesize" me and get me used to them.  Let's just say I strongly encouraged her NOT to bring that snake to work! But, even though I'm afraid of snakes and don't want them around me, it's not like I have to encounter them very often - just occassionally along the road (and amazingly one little tiny one came in our front door a few years ago!).  I don't think about snakes constantly. I don't worry about them.  I don't dream about them.  It's not something that consumes my life or leaves me afraid of doing things.  But, I don't want them near me.

Fear can keep us from doing things.  It can keep us from doing the things we need to do or should do.  Some fears we need to face.  We need to face them head on and conquer them.  God can help us face our fears.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation--whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27: 1

For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!
Isaiah 41: 13

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18

What do you fear?  How do you face your fears?

1 comment:

Shiloh Lovejoy said...

I can completely empathize with this one. Snakes are one of my biggest fears too. My brothers had some for pets and believe me it did nothing to make me feel better about them.

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