When I returned from the mission field this summer, my wife had a surprise for me.
She had dismantled the dining room. And by dismantled, I mean dismantled. She repainted the walls, ripped up the baseboards and moved out all the furniture.
We decided to rip out the dining room carpet and lay new hardwood floors. The salesman said I would need to buy glue to put the boards together, and a wave of horror flooded my mind. I hate to admit it, but I've had a lifelong war with glue.
I don't know why glue and I don't get along. Even in my preschool Sunday school days, my mom would find it all over me. The cotton balls you're supposed to glue to a drawing of a sheep? I'd end up with them stuck to my forehead, the back of my shirt and the bottoms of my shoes.
So when the gentleman said we needed glue for our new floor, I talked my wife into a compromise. I would put down the flooring if we could buy the kind that snaps together. What I didn't know was that not only glue, but this type of flooring is a formidable enemy. What should have taken half a day took three days instead. You guessed it. I'm now afraid of snap-lock flooring.
We all have fears. Children often fear the dark. Some fear snakes, spiders and bugs. As we grow older, sometimes our fears spread into other areas like tight spaces or heights. You might be surprised how many times the Scriptures say, “Fear not.” This theme threads itself through the Old Testament and weaves its way through the New. We find God saying it to His children in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When the angels appeared to those shepherds on a hillside, they had to calm fears: “But the angel said to them, do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
No matter what you fear, God's Word can bring you strength to face it. The younger your children are when they memorize Scriptures about fear, the better prepared they will be to face the unexpected.
It's never too late for you, either. I've conquered my fear of glue, but I still have to quote Scripture when I run into its scary cousin, Scotch tape.
Use Scripture to fight your fears. That way, you'll never get stuck.
Walker Moore is president of AweStar Ministries of Tulsa.