Spring time is here and there is a newness of life with this new season. With a new season there comes new experiences, new joys, and new trials. With each new day and season there is a lot of uncertainty. How are we to cope with all of this changes?
I have noticed many people become more busy in the spring, filling their schedules with activities, dramas, sports, trips, and vacations. We have a very unique holiday to celebrate in the middle of spring time. We celebrate the death and resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. It is weird to celebrate death in spring, you would think we would celebrate in Winter, but with this particular death came life. Life not only for Jesus but everyone who would put their faith in him and follow him.
This Spring do not get so busy that you do not see how God is testing your faith and challenging you to grow. I recently took a group of students to a retreat in Ocean City, MD and I was challenged deeply. I was challenged to obey God's commands, particulalry God's most often told commandment. There is one command God gave more frequently than any other.
“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” (Exodus 14:13
“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22)
“Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” (Joshua 10:8)
Do not be afraid! Fear is the most crippling thing in the world. How many decision do we make based on fear, yet God tells us do not do this. We will not experience God's goodness, grace, and sufficiency if we are afraid.
So, I challenge you all to not fear. You are allowed to not be afraid. You are allowed to not worry or be anxious. You are allowed to fail, fall, and mess up. There is so much to learn about our faith when we move in the direction of our fears.
Go and do not fear for your God is with you.