Risk, Fear, and Peace

The Pacific Ocean
Shaking It Up
I’ve been struck lately by passages in the bible that describe people’s fear of Christ’s power. Mark 5 provides one example:
15 A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. 16 Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs. 17 And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
Mark 5:15-17 (NLT: my emphasis)

Jesus had cast a legion of demons from a tormented man–and the people, frightened by a miracle-worker in their midst, begged Him to leave them as they had been.

Sometimes I’ve chosen the safe and familiar over the tremendous opportunity to be more, love better, live more fully.

Sometimes the possibility of a miracle scares me.

This thinking betrays my limited understanding of my God’s size and power.

These past few days, my husband Rich and I have been considering a big decision. One option was to remain in our safe and comfortable routine. The other option carries risk and the opportunity make a real difference in the life of a loved one.

We’ve prayed  and prayed about this decision. Last night we chose opportunity.

Now that we’ve decided our course, we need to keep inviting God into the middle of our lives. We need to rest in His peace.

And we need to remember not to flee in fear when He hands us something amazing.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9 (NASB)