Afraid

Afraid No More

If you look up afraid in Apple’s Dictionary you’ll see a picture of Max. 😉 I wasn’t supposed to have a cat. Never desired one. Never asked for one. My wife and I adopted two cats nearly a year ago. They were to be her cats, to add some life to our home. Things didn’t play out the way I planned. Right now, I have two cats in my office with one wanting to jump up on my desk and the other planning to climb my office chair.

It seems I have one or two cats every day, depending on the yet to be published cat calendar. Max is my catdog. He follows me around, everywhere I go. But, at the strangest times, Max will hiss at me and bat at my hand. I do believe he should live in a mental institution. You see, Max is an OCD, bi-polar, insecure, scaredy-cat. Oh, and his response when he is unsure of a situation is to become a feral, ninja, clawing and biting robot cat. What can I do?

Afraid of nearly everything

Max is massive and muscular but afraid of nearly everything. That is the kind of person I would be if I didn’t trust Jesus. I would be living in a world that made no sense. It would be a terrifying life. I understand Max is mixed up, but when Jesus is willing to bring you into the family of God, why would you choose to live in fear? Still, I meet people all the time that want fear instead of Christ Jesus.

We can read about some people that were foolishly afraid. In Matthew 14:25-27 (ESV) we read, And in the fourth watch of the night he [Jesus] came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

The Master of the waves extends peace
to those that come to Him.

Our doctor tells us we have cancer; fear tries to grip us. We get a call that a child of ours is in trouble; fear knocks on our heart’s door. We get an essential prescription, but we have no money to pay for it; fear and anger lay siege to our peace. In these situations and any that attempt to steal our peace, we can call on Jesus. Though I lose everything, I cannot lose my Master, and in Him is the source of my peace, which He gives willingly and liberally.

Psalms 23 (ESV), The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.  
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,  
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.  
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;  
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.  
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Photo credit: Peter Kurdulija on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

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