Lent 2021: Lent: Fear by Judith Watkins
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”
-2 Timothy 1:7
March 2, 2021
Many years ago my mom and I were traveling on I-40 thru Tennessee. We stopped at Cracker Barrel to eat and rest. As we approached the restaurant, the porch was covered with bikers who were standing or sitting in the famous Cracker Barrel rocking chairs. There were not any visible people of color and, therefore, I was fearful for our lives. Immediately, I began to pray for the blood of Jesus to cover us. I also thought about what my mom taught me about fear and anxiety when I was younger. She said, “Imagine Jesus is shining a light in front of you making the crooked places straight.” I imagined the light and proudly walked to the front door with my mom. The bikers arose from their chairs and opened the door for us.
This Lenten season when we encounter fear and anxiety, we can rest in the arms of Jesus by praying, listening, and obeying God. The Bible mentions fear over 350 times and it admonishes us not to be afraid. The comfort only comes with a closer walk with Jesus. This hymn sums it up nicely:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to have a closer walk with Thee. Amen
Sister Judith Watkins
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