I’m Scared!

Middle East turmoil. US citizens being targeted and killed. Culture war between free society and a caliphate world. Freedom of speech that is censored. Political correctness. Nuclear programs. Escalating national debt. Too much double speak.

News junkies could literally spend hours flipping back and forth between CNN, HLN, MSNBC, C-Span, FOX News, etc. and listen to the ideological interpretation of all these things. And they would either have their opinions informed, confirmed or aggravated. Frankly, anyone who is only a little informed about the current national and world crisis is probably feeling a little scared about the future.

Little kids are one of life’s greatest teachers. Some things they are not afraid of and other things they are. But the one lesson that we could learn from them is about who to trust. If you are a stranger, little kids will naturally shy away from you. If you are a part of their everyday life, they will lean into you because they trust you.

During our staff devotion time on Tuesday, I read the following scripture from Psalm 12:8. It says “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

In the New Testament, Jesus called his followers “little children.” So here is what I think – Jesus did so because he wanted his followers to learn to trust God, to lean into God especially when they are scared. Jesus and the Psalmist paint a picture of us showing trust.

But if you do not have a personal and growing relationship with God then it will not be natural for you to lean into Him and trust Him. Instead you will treat God as a stranger during the best of times and during the worst of times.

I know this much about my own story and where I am today – I could not imagine trying to make it day in and day out through some of the most disturbing events in my life time. Since September of 2001, our world has been on a collision course that is not only dividing people ideologically but has the potential to do serious harm to God’s creation.

Yes, I am a little scared but not overwhelmed – I know the love and grace of God manifest in His Son, Jesus Christ. I know the salvation of God and how it is being worked out each and every day through the power of the Holy Spirit. I know the community of God’s people who are compelled to glorify God through their service and witness. And because of these aspects in my life, I have a refuge of hope! How about you?

Where do you find refuge from the craziness? What or whom are you leaning into?

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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One Response to I’m Scared!

  1. Rich Monson says:

    Jim: Enjoyed reading your blogs and of your interest in the Mid-East crises. I have done a little research on the topic, especially on the expansion of Israeli settlements, and have put together a program I call “What’s with those Methodists.” It tells the Methodist position on settlements, reasons why, and what Conference would like us Methodists to do about it. I would be happy to preview it to you in case you would like to present it to your congregation. Best Regards, Rich Monson

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