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No Fear

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1

Dear readers, you are getting me totally "unplugged" today.  These past seven days or so have just been crazy and I don't really know why.  I've had internet issues that have come and gone, my schedule has been a bit more hectic than usual, I'm a bit overwhelmed with the possibilities (all good things) in my life right now, and on Monday I got bit by a tick.

First of all, let's discuss this tick bite and why it is relevant at all to this blog post.  I am terrified - TERRIFIED - of ticks.  I'm a surbanite.  I don't walk through fields.  I don't wander off trails in the woods.  I can barely pull a tick off of my dogs, which thankfully they don't get very often.  And thankfully, husbands come in handy for tick removal.  So as I read Psalm 27:1, I think about the "whom shall I fear?" part, and I know deep down in my heart how silly it is to be afraid of something so small as a tick.  Or a spider.  Okay, the spider was last week, but I got him (or her) before it got me.  How do they get in the house anyway?

Where I am going with this? There are a lot of things in this life to be afraid of.  Yes, I know that ticks should be the least of our concerns.  We've got crazy people running around college campuses in this country killing people, after all.  We've got schedules that are bursting at the seams with necessary and the optional.  Life can get very overwhelming sometimes.  Who or what is your strength or salvation through these times?

The Lord has not always been my salvation as I know that I've relied too much on myself - my talents and abilities - and my relationships for my strength in the past.  I think I may have even relied on ministry and the rewards it brings.  But through all of the changes in my life over the past several years, I've learned to rely more and more on God for my strength.  Totally and completely.  I believe that I can finally say that the Lord is the strength of my life.  He has to be. He is the only thing that does not change. He is the only thing that will always be there.  Friendships fade, careers and ministry will change, and but God will never disappear from our lives.  Life in general may get a little crazy and overwhelming, but God will be there to give us strength to endure.  It is promised to us.  All we have to do is wait for God to deliver.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the LORD. - Psalm 27:14 

To think upon:

1) What is your fear?  Is life getting overwhelming?

2) What is your salvation?  Do you know Jesus?

3) What is your strength?  Do you take matters into your own hands or do you wait on God?