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What are you afraid of?


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What are you afraid of?


Snakes, spiders, sickness......running out of toilet paper?


I'm afraid of poisonous snakes in my yard!


After attending a ladies' meeting in Africa, I pushed open our metal gate and drove our Land Cruiser into our gravel driveway. Our dog barked at the barefooted children playing outside our gate while the wind blew the leaves on our lemon tree.


Squinted at the setting sun reflecting off our windows, I turned the vehicle off and gathered my belongings. I opened the vehicle door and almost put my foot down when something long and thin moved.


I peered closer and my blood turned cold. "AHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAKE!"


Photo credit to Clovis Wood from Unsplash

My husband and a friend rushed out of the house and grabbed the nearest tools they could find: a shovel and a long stick. They carefully hunted for the green snake while I trembled inside the vehicle.


After several minutes of searching under leaves and bushes, they spotted the green mamba curled around the base of a mango tree.


Everyone held their breath until it was dead and then sighed a big sense of relief.


Fears paralyze us. Some fears help us keep our guard up, while others remind us to wash our hands and be smart.


But before ALL our fears, God was there.


"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God." Psalm 90:2 NIV


God is greater than any fear we have.


GOD > fears


He spoke words and formed the world. He separated light and darkness, imagined colorful birds and fish, and threw billions of stars into the galaxies. He breathed life into dirt creating man.


Our GOD, the Creator of the universe, counts the hairs on our heads, names the stars, and inscribes our names on His palms. He knows our thoughts and fears. Nothing is too hard for Him. He is omniscient.


What are your fears? Do they seem bigger than God? Will you trust Him to handle them?


Thankfully, I didn't step on the poisonous mamba, but I am more carefully where I step.


We can take comfort that our God is greater than snakes, spiders, sicknesses, or any other fears!

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