Fear’s catchy. It lurks, then slips in when we’re tired or feeling out of sorts in body, mind or spirit. And that’s part of why I need reminders to fight fear with faith. Sunday’s sermon by Father Dean fed faith. The text came from Matthew 10. Jesus is having another heart to heart talk with his disciples. But the bottom line was Do not be afraid.
Well, they had plenty to fear and so do we. But that’s part of why I get up and go to church. Time with other scared folks reminds me that I’m not alone and we have resources to fight fear. When I dig into my fears, so much centers around my children, grands, and their friends. Our world’s in turmoil. The news feeds anxiety and young folks, especially, are anxious.
Then, yesterday’s reading in a devotional book recounted the story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael in Genesis 21. It’s a troubling story on so many levels. And it serves to remind us of consequences from taking matters into our own hands, as Sarah did. But it also speaks to God’s redemptive love, grace and mercy. How? Well, while Hagar wept and assumed the worst, an angel showed up.
An angel? Yes, because God heard Hagar and Ishmael’s cries and saw they were out of water in a wilderness and worse, out of hope. And so God nudged an angel to call to Hagar from heaven saying, “Do not be afraid, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.” (Genesis 21:17b)
Oh, and then, “God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well.” (v. 19)
Well, well , well.
And so, I’m entrusting my family, friends, this world and myself to the God who sees and loves. This is Jesus who hears our cries and loves us where we are.
There’s hope within earshot and Living water within reach.
Just remember God’s got a well for you.
“Do not be afraid.”
All is well.
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