Fear, Faith, And Thunderstorms

I used to be scared of thunderstorms. I’m not scared of spiders. I’m not scared of dogs. I’m not scared of snakes (okay, maybe a little). But I am, excuse me, I was afraid of thunderstorms. I hated it, too. I don’t like to be afraid.

Every time I saw a storm on the horizon, a feeling of dread overtook me. It was almost as if I was afraid of being afraid.

Springtime. A thunderstorm approaching. Lightning flashing across the horizon (And I mean six flashes per second, some serious lightning [as opposed to clownish lightning]).

Oops. I ruined the mood. Let me reset it: Springtime. Thunderstorm. Lightning galore. Braeden (why am I talking in third-person?) tries to position himself so that he can’t see the flashes of light (from the lightning, of course), which is hard, considering there is two windows both on different walls of the room. And that’s when I finally said to myself (this is an [almost] exact quote): “What’s wrong with you? Why are you afraid?  You should see the lightning strike and feel comfort because you know God places every single one of them.” And that’s when fear was gone.

It all started two years (I think) prior to the event I just described. When a thunderstorm even worse than the one I just described occurred, and a lightning bolt struck about a hundred yards from our house, shook the house, and nearly popped my eardrums out. I had never liked thunderstorms before, but that’s pretty much what took it over the limit.

Two years of fears, gone, after saying twenty-seven words. Quite sudden. But when God changes hearts, He doesn’t mess around. He can do it instantaneously.

To sum up what I’m trying to say here, let me ask you a question: if you know God, and He lives in your heart, can you feel fear? The answer would be no. Why? Because if you know God, you know His power, His compassion, His love for you, you will have no reason to fear. Are you living life in fear? Then you have some trust issues to attend to.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is no made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

Braeden Frantz,


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