A few days ago, there were several sheriff vehicles driving and parked all around where we live. They were looking for a couple of guys who had run from them. We made sure our doors were locked and tried to go about our business as usual. But then we heard the helicopter. It hovered over the area for quite a while searching. As it would come near to the house and I’d hear the sound louder, little feelings of fear would creep into my mind. It was a constant and unwelcome reminder of something out there that was unknown and scary. It was hard not to focus on the fear when I heard the helicopter.
There are a lot of scary things in our world, and sometimes there are unwelcome reminders hovering over us. The news we read and watch is a good example. It’s good to be informed, but sometimes too much information or a focus on it can cause a fearful response. It’s a constant reminder that fearful things are out there, and looming over us in our world.
I generally don’t let myself go to those places of fear. I quickly combat them with prayer. Sometimes a situation requires a response in order to keep you safe or informed as a citizen. But the responses you choose solely out of fear will often cause trouble. One of my very favorite verses in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” The stuff that’s hovering over your house, our country or this world is temporary. God does not want you to live in fear. Fix your eyes on what is eternal.