A rodent as a meteorologist? Yup! That’s Groundhog Day.
According to tradition, winter’s blast extends 6 more weeks if the groundhog comes out of its hole on this day, sees its shadow gets scared and runs back into its burrow. If the groundhog doesn’t get scared, guess what? An early spring is predicted.
What causes you fear? What threatens to drive you to hide like that good old groundhog?
When I was a child, I could not sleep with the closet door open. I feared there was a monster in there – the “Closet Monster.”
When the lights went out my fear turned on…my hearing heightened… my eyes popped open, my hands clenched my blanket pulling it up to my chin and near over my head as I waited for the “Closet Monster” to make its way out…
It never did.
There was no monster in the closet… only in my mind. There was no real threat.
Unlike my fictitious “Closet Monster”, we are living through some real threats to our wellbeing. What’s top on your list?
A depleted bank account?
The person living in your house?
That old whisky bottle?
Yet even through these concerns, we can choose to trust God and with His strength, not fear.
It has been said that the Bible says, “fear not” at least 365 times. That’s one “fear not” for each day of the year. It’s as though God gives us daily encouragement, comfort, and assurance that we can overcome fear through faith in Him. Isaiah 41:10 says,
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Today, and each day of the rest of this year, may you accept God’s assurance, receive God’s presence in your life, home and heart and welcome His strength and help through each turn your days take.
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