Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
It was 1990, the summer before I entered high school and I was given the opportunity to get on an airplane with some of my classmates and ﬂy to Washington DC for a tour of our nation’s capital. It was the first time I had been on such a big adventure away my family. Now, anyone who knows me well, knows I don’t have the reputation of being a graceful traveler, especially when it comes to air transportation. To say that I was hyped up about the trip and experiencing some serious anxiety would be an understatement. I was both excited and anxious, hesitant and absolutely ready-to-go.
At the airport, before I boarded my flight and while I was saying my goodbyes to my mom, she slipped me a 3×5 card with some words scribbled on it. She encouraged me to read it when I got settled on the plane.
After I found my seat, stowed my luggage in the overhead bin, listened through the safety briefing and took off down the runway, I remembered what my mom had given me. As we reached altitude, (butterflies and all) I reached into my pocket and took out the 3×5 card and on it in my mom’s signature cursive writing it read:
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
As I sat there in my seat at 35,000 ft in the air, seatbelt buckled and my heart racing, God’s word and God’s presence grounded my soul. I read it again. God’s truth cut through the fog of the fear and anxiety and my heart and mind found peace. I began to enjoy myself and look forward to the days of adventure ahead.
Over the years this verse has surfaced during times of fear, unsettledness, chaos and in times when tough decisions have had to be made. In every situation God’s promises have shown strong. I even found that precious 3×5 card in an old Bible the other day. What a sweet reminder!
I don’t know what you are facing today, what adventures you are currently embarking upon or what God is calling you to in 2019. I don’t know what is giving you anxiety or in what areas you face distraction, exhaustion, fear, temptation or where you’re working through life’s tangled messes.
But, one thing we can know for sure no matter what the circumstance, because of who God is we don’t have to live in fear of the future. We have power through the Holy Spirit to learn and walk through the things He is calling us to, and we have His love to stand (or fall) on in the midst of a really noisy and chaotic world. Through trusting in both His love and the Holy Spirit’s power in our situations, we can receive the gift of a sound mind.
Lord, will you help us to lean more and more on you, on your promises and presence and less and less on ourselves? In you we find truth and everything we need to live.
P.S. If you are a parent, please don’t negate the value of meaningful little encouragements, positive notes and smiles of confidence toward your kids. Especially in your own handwriting 🙂 They are of significant value now and can be for years to come!