When the storm is raging outside, sometimes it is easy to be afraid. Sometimes, it even makes sense to be afraid. When we don't know what's going to happen, we aren't sure where our path leads, or even if we're on the right path, fear can creep in. Uncertainty reigns supreme.
But if we are to truly be humble, and follow the path the Lord wants to follow, then the scriptures are clear: Fear not. In fact, the scriptures are FULL of references to fearing not. Over and over Jesus tells his followers to fear not.
How? How do we not fear? The world is scary, life is difficult, and pain is unavoidable. How can we face the world and not fear?
Where there is faith there is no fear.
Jeffery R. Holland said:
"First, we must never let fear and the father of fear (Satan himself) divert us from our faith and faithful living. Every person in every era has had to walk by faith into what has always been some uncertainty. This is the plan. Just be faithful. God is in charge. He knows your name and He knows your need.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—that is the first principle of the gospel. We must go forward. God expects you to have enough faith, determination, and trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future—to love it, rejoice in it, and delight in your opportunities."**
In my life, I face fear always. I have a tendency to lean more on the side of fear instead of faith. I am constantly, ALWAYS re-learning to have faith rather than fear.
The key, to me, lies in that quote from Elder Holland: Satan is the father of fear. If I give into my fear, then I am not on the Lord's side.
I need to go forward in faith. I need to remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me, know my pain, and know my needs. They are always mindful of me, even when I falter, and am afraid (which happens all the time, of course).
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." (Luke 12:32)
With three boys, a husband and a dog, life is busy and happy for Morgan. She blogs about how to do life with zero money and zero time and about life in general at http://www.thedietcokediet.com/ and at http://www.ingfamily.blogspot.com/.
* Photo from www.gearfuse.com/tag/storm/
**Jeffrey R. Holland, “This, the Greatest of All Dispensations,” Liahona, Jul 2007, 18–24