Three years ago a waiter at a TGI Friday’s was clearing a table and found this napkin with these words written on it.
Are you, like me, wondering if the person who wrote this was trying to convince himself or herself? If they said it and wrote it enough, it would be true? Perhaps, it was meant as an encouragement for the next person who sat down. “I’m not afraid of tomorrow, you shouldn’t be either.”
It’s also possible this was a person connected to God, and, this is just a statement of faith.
Are you afraid of tomorrow?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11
The dictionary definition of FEAR is: “An unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” Fear can be a powerful and strong emotion. In fact, when you experience fear several psychological and physiological responses happen simultaneously. You feel emotionally overwhelmed and anxious, maybe terrified. Your heart races, your breathing becomes shallow. (Remember that night you watched the movie “Halloween” or “Nightmare on Elm Street”? Like that!)
Experiencing fear can greatly impact your view on life, your level of confidence, and it can sabotage your potential for personal growth.
You know what fear fears? Community. One of fear’s goals is to isolate you. To put you on an island. To make you think you’re the only one. Fear hates community.
God knew this. That’s why he gave us the church. The church is a community. A place where you can talk about your fears, a place where you can get help from others. You haven’t found a church like I’m describing here? They’re out there. Keep looking. Don’t give up.
Fear can cause you to withdraw and avoid people and situations. Don’t allow it to rule you and your life. Find a community. Church may be just the place for you.
We are many parts of one body (the church), and we all belong to each other. Romans 12
I have a friend who uses his guitar in his work. He teaches and performs music using it. One night at his house a guy tripped and fell…yes…my friend’s guitar looked just like the picture above. Broken! I don’t like when something of mine is broken. My car, my plans, my life. But, it seems like no matter what you do, sometimes your life ends up broken. It’s a fact. And we want to get it fixed. But, that doesn’t always happen.
God never says follow me and I guarantee you will not be broken. He doesn’t promise that. But…brokenness offers you two paths. One is fear, bitterness, and despair. It begins and ends in darkness. That’s the one without God. The other path is faith, trust, and hope. It too begins in darkness except it ends in light. Jesus understands brokenness.
Each time he (Jesus) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12
God doesn’t promise to fix all brokenness, but he does promise to help you through it…all of it. Jesus says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” When you’re broken and weak, he comes through for you with his power. Sometimes the biggest miracles God performs are not in your circumstances, but in our hearts and your attitudes.
You may not like broken. I certainly don’t. But, you don’t have to fear it either. Even when you can’t see the light, reach out. God will be there to guide you down the path. He’s there for you. Try him.