I am going to keep this blog pretty brief because I have to be out the door soon, but I thought that maybe this little nugget of wisdom might help someone else as much as it is going to help me. So even though I might be a little pressed for time I decided to write.
I was taking a shower earlier and the unthinkable happened. As I was washing (what I have left) of my hair I was getting a little out of control with the shampoo suds. I was being way too reckless and got some soap into my eyes and it started burning them. I quickly started flushing my eyes with water because I didn’t want to leave the house looking like I had been crying all night.
It was at this point that I had a flashback. I remembered back to a specific moment when I was a small child and my mother was giving me a bath. I was probably 4 or 5 years old. I don’t know if that’s too old to be getting a bath from mom, but at least I wasn’t like 15 years old or anything. Anyway, I remember getting soap into my eyes when I was little. I remember the panic, the pain and the sense of feeling totally lost. I don’t know if anyone else ever felt like that when they were a kid and were doused in the face with a bunch of water. But regardless I remember that I was petrified of getting my hair washed when I was small.
Then I thought to myself, Why is it that I am no longer afraid of getting soap in my eyes? I had the realization that the primary difference between the panic I experience then and the annoyance that I experienced today was perspective.
After many times of getting soap in my eyes over the years I must have subconsciously realized that my eyeballs were not going to burn out of their sockets, or that I wasn’t going to drown when the water from the shower was hitting my face. I had a different perspective. What I know now keeps me from being frightened. Knowing that the pain is only temporary allows me to not be afraid of it.
I think this line of thought can be taken to just about any area of life. Why’s that? Because Jesus said that in this life we would have trouble. He guaranteed it actually. But Jesus told us not to worry about the trouble because the trouble and the pain are only temporary. I like this verse from the book of Matthew.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifee ?
28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When you understand that no matter what you’re going to be okay one way or the other you don’t have to fear anything. Not death, not pain, not sorrow. God loves us and he promises that there will come a day when it will all be done away with anyway. It’s this perspective that will keep us from being afraid and turn us into brave warriors.
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